Thanks, elevatoroperator, for that interesting post! If we’re sticking to Colin Campbell’s four choices, then the worst, of course, is the N&O Building - hopefully soon to be gone. IMO, none of the other 3 choices belong on a “worst in Raleigh” list. The Archdale Building is not a favorite of mine, but it does have a sharp verticality and contrast between white and black. Looks nice. Then there’s the Holiday Inn - I have no problem with the height or cylindrical profile. But it does have one big flaw - that street level cylindrical parking garage - destroys the street level experience. That leaves the Legislative Building - in my opinion, one of the best buildings in Raleigh, both exterior and interior. Those who dislike it are either height-obsessed or perhaps unable to separate the architecture from the regressive, anti-urban GA politics happening inside.
Final note: I agree with DavidDonovan that the AT&T Block is easily the #1 worst. If I were to add a #2 it would be the brutalist Bath Building. And of course, we’re leaving out visible parking lots - all ugly in the extreme, and also vacant lots - the worst two of which (by virtue of their prominent locations) are the north side Davie Street between McDowell and Dawson - where the years keep ticking by as we wait for a hotel or something - anything - to bring life to that spot… and the south of side of Davie Street along McDowell - the “Enterprise” block. Every time I see those two blocks, I imagine a new visitor entering downtown on McDowell Street. Before they ever reach Nash Square their mind is made up - Raleigh gets a “thumbs down”. If there is really no imminent development on those 2 blocks (which is hard to believe if we’re really such a happening town), couldn’t they just plant a billboard at each corner with a picture of a beautiful building “coming soon”, or maybe install giant curtains around the blocks like they did on the next block before the L Building was installed.