Is the Weisman Art Museum really the ugliest building in Minnesota?

It was chosen by readers of Business Insider, but we disagree.
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The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, designed by one of the world's most famous architects, is the ugliest building in Minnesota according to readers of Business Insider.

The magazine asked readers earlier this month to name the ugliest building in their respective states, and the museum on the University of Minnesota campus was the "winner" here.

To be fair, you can't really argue against someone who thinks it's ugly, as you can probably see where they're coming from.

But at the same time, there will be many who find it stunning, or at the very least a challenging piece of architecture by none other than Frank Gehry himself.

The swooping, swirling metal 2011 addition to the 1993 building is unlike anything you'll see other than in a few other famous Frank Gehry destinations, such as Bilbao, New York, Prague and Los Angeles.

Mentioned alongside the Weisman as "dishonorable mentions" in the Business Insider piece was U.S. Bank Stadium (which looks great on the inside, less so on the outside) and Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis (which most will agree is pretty hideous).

There are any number of buildings in Minnesota that arguably beat the Weisman for ugliness.

Take the Riverside Plaza complex in Minneapolis, for example, which remains a blot on the landscape despite a recent resurgence in affection for the brutalist movement.

Across I-94 in St. Paul there's the unedifying sight of the Kellogg Square apartments.

And I would like to hear from any of you who have fallen in love with the architecture we're seeing in Uptown, Minneapolis, where identikit modern apartment buildings have appeared like flowers in the spring.

Those are just the ones we can think of off the tops of our heads, and I'm sure if we went for a drive around the metro area and other Minnesota cities we could find many more options deserving of the "ugliest building" title than the Weisman.

Some of you will disagree with the buildings mentioned above, which is great, and we'd encourage you to share pictures of your own Minnesota architectural bête noires in our Facebook comments section.

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