Is Brutalist architecture becoming an eyesore in the US?
Brutalism, which got its name from a French word for raw concrete, has been sparking public battles ever since the architectural style flourished in the 1960s. Now, the era's aging structures are being declared eyesores and slated for demolition. Architectural historian Marisa Brown and others held a mock funeral this spring to mourn the demolition of Rhode Island's Brutalist icon - The Fogarty Building in Providence. But others are celebrating what they consider a rebirth of the downtown area with a modern hotel replacing the 60's era structure. An attempt to whitewash a Brutalist structure in Washington DC also exposed strong feelings on both sides. When metro recently painted the inside of a subway station near the U.S. Capitol, riders rejoiced at the brightened space. But preservationists complained that a 'cardinal rule' was broken by painting the raw concrete structure – which they say will require more upkeep. Across the country, other Brutalist buildings have been torn down or are slated for demolition.