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America's Ugliest College Campuses

Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

Architect Edward Durell Stone considered Harvey Mudd College (completed in 1955) to be a Modernist masterpiece with a twist. His take on Modernism involved layering the drab slab-sided buildings with Beaux-Arts decoration. The result: knobbly concrete squares that students of Harvey Mudd affectionately call “warts” and use as hooks for skateboards. They even created an unofficial mascot, which appears on college paperwork, in the shape of a personified concrete wart.

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