The World's Ugliest Buildings
Courtesy of The Longaberger Company
Longaberger Home Office, Newark, OH
If you worked here, you’d be conducting business in a 9,000-ton copy of a woven-wood
basket. Its stucco-over-steel construction was an award-winning feat, apparently; the synthetic
plaster received a prize. But it’s as if, in 1997, a giant-size Little Red Riding Hood set
down her seven-story hamper on a flat section of Ohio.
The Ugly Truth: True, the company purveys handcrafted baskets. And founder Dave
Longaberger’s dream headquarters was a replica of his favorite basket. But hey, Crate &
Barrel employees don’t schedule meetings in a 10-story sofa.