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Mon Jun 25, 2018, 11:41 PM

Lackawanna mayor wants 'ugliest building on planet Earth' torn down

Fans of modernist buildings that look like a pumpkin on stilts won't be happy about this: Lackawanna wants to tear down the infamous addition to its City Hall.

Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski wants to demolish the City Hall annex, retrofit the original structure in the rear where police and court offices are housed and build a new seat of government on nearby vacant land where a Catholic church once stood.

Szymanski said an engineering firm is drawing up detailed designs for the $6.5 million project, which can't move forward until the Steel City finds the money to pay for it.

Lackawanna officials have talked for years about replacing the 50-year-old, orange-paneled structure, saying it is expensive to operate and badly in need of repair. Szymanski feels passionately that Lackawanna deserves a more attractive City Hall and is betting he can get the project underway before he leaves office at the end of next year.

Read more: https://buffalonews.com/2018/06/24/lackawanna-wants-to-knock-down-orange-crate-city-hall-deemed-an-abomination/


Lackawanna City Hall at 714 Ridge Road in this 2013 photo. The cityís mayor wants to tear it down. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

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Reply Lackawanna mayor wants 'ugliest building on planet Earth' torn down (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jun 2018 OP
TygrBright Jun 2018 #1
Laffy Kat Jun 2018 #2
pangaia Jun 2018 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2018 #4
secondwind Jun 2018 #5
pansypoo53219 Jun 2018 #10
Crutchez_CuiBono Jun 2018 #6
madaboutharry Jun 2018 #7
Ferrets are Cool Jun 2018 #8
pansypoo53219 Jun 2018 #9

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 11:43 PM

1. Gotta say, he has a point... n/t

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 11:48 PM

2. Yes, and then bury the damn thing.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 11:51 PM

3. At least paint it black

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 11:52 PM

4. It's pretty awful.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 11:52 PM

5. Looks very futuristic.

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Response to secondwind (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 05:40 AM

10. no it isn't looks like a shipping container.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 11:59 PM

6. What a..

were they thinking when they built it? Orange was as wrong for a building 30 years ago as it is today. Save money, paint it. A police station is probably five times better than most factories for working conditions.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 12:12 AM

7. It was built in 1968

That was a weird time for architecture. Architecture was moving away from cool mid-century design into the ugly shit they built in the 1970ís. This monstrosity is an example of a building that should never have gotten past a blueprint. It kind of looks like a lego.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 01:02 AM

8. It has more character than 95% of the building in America. nt

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 05:38 AM

9. that's a lego, not a pumpkin.

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