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Map of SF's ugliest buildings, according to Curbed readers

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While San Francisco is home to some of the cutest darn architecture in the country—e.g., Victorians galore, cottage row in Pacific Heights, the "Four Seasons" in the Haight—we also have a few worrisome, downright unsightly structures.

We asked Curbed SF readers to chime in with their least favorite eyesores. And chime they did. Everything from the new LinkedIn building to the polarizing Federal Building were tagged.

Here now is a map of the most atrocious buildings in San Francisco, at least according to Curbed SF readers.

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1. InterContinental San Francisco

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888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 616-6500
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2. Uber HQ

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1455 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

3. AT&T building on Second Street

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2nd St & Dow Pl
San Francisco, CA 94107

"I hate the windowless AT&T bunker [in SoMa]," noted hunterrible. But reader Midcentman liked the structure, saying, "It’s not a windowless building. Look again. But what this building houses is telephone exchange equipment on all floors. It was designed in the early '70s by the prominent firm of MBT Associates, and won several national design awards. It’s very slick expression of pure modernism and functionality."

4. San Francisco Federal Building

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90 7th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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5. Shopping plaza at Polk & California

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Polk St.
San Francisco, CA

"The Brutalist-greenhouse mini mall on the SW corner of Polk and California has always been my least favorite non-residential building in SF. Barf, barf, barf." — Peter Lawrence Kane

6. Fox Plaza

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1390 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

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7. One Rincon Hill

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425 1st St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 541-0172
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8. PG&E Mission Substation

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1250 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Well, I think the power substation on 8th Street is simply terrifying. There are a lot of people who will praise this particular building, and they're entitled to their opinion. I think it looks like the place Skeletor would stash political prisoners. PG&E has a teeny bit of an image problem (cough cough) at the best of times, and this can’t possibly help." — Adam Brinklow (Curbed SF associate editor)

9. Shopping plaza at Woodside & O'Shaughnessy

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O'Shaughnessy Blvd & Woodside Ave
San Francisco, CA 94127

"You really must drive/ride past the red stucco trash at Woodside and O’Shaughnessy to see this poorly constructed, presumedly hand built mess. So ugly, cheap and without any finesse at all," said Realestatey. "Yes, other structures are more visible and loom large. Yet this subtle wart of a building truly offends." Reader keenplanner agreed, asking, "Who approved this P.O.S.?"

10. 1880 Pine

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1880 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94109

"I avert my eyes every time I pass 1880 Pine St. Especially in contrast to the elegant Victorian next door." — SFhouselover

11. Hall of Justice

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850 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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12. San Francisco Marriott Marquis

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780 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 896-1600
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13. LinkedIn SF

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222 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Another polarizing piece, many cringe at Yerba Buena's latest offering. " 'Darth Vader,' such an eyesore in SOMA. I do like the reflection from the glasses but the architecture and color looks too simple and too black," says wphuang.

14. Hilton San Francisco Financial District

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750 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 433-6600
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15. 555 Pine

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555 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94108

"555 Pine is hands down the most hideous. I wish I had never noticed this building and its pitifully tiny number of windows." — grantaleo

16. 360 3rd Street

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360 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

"Not to say these buildings do not look good on the inside, but outside they are underwhelming for the most part." — pamipampers

17. 303 2nd Street Plaza

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303 2nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 777-5548
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"Don’t love the blue tiles, especially the side you see getting off the freeway." — pamipampers

18. U.S. Bank

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4610 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94112

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19. Salesforce Tower

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415 Mission St
San Francisco, CA

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1. InterContinental San Francisco

888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

2. Uber HQ

1455 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
1455 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

3. AT&T building on Second Street

2nd St & Dow Pl, San Francisco, CA 94107

"I hate the windowless AT&T bunker [in SoMa]," noted hunterrible. But reader Midcentman liked the structure, saying, "It’s not a windowless building. Look again. But what this building houses is telephone exchange equipment on all floors. It was designed in the early '70s by the prominent firm of MBT Associates, and won several national design awards. It’s very slick expression of pure modernism and functionality."

2nd St & Dow Pl
San Francisco, CA 94107

4. San Francisco Federal Building

90 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

A photo posted by (@weaverock) on

90 7th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

5. Shopping plaza at Polk & California

Polk St., San Francisco, CA

"The Brutalist-greenhouse mini mall on the SW corner of Polk and California has always been my least favorite non-residential building in SF. Barf, barf, barf." — Peter Lawrence Kane

Polk St.
San Francisco, CA

6. Fox Plaza

1390 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

A photo posted by Konstantinos Vainas (@kvainas) on

1390 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. One Rincon Hill

425 1st St, San Francisco, CA 94105
425 1st St
San Francisco, CA 94105

8. PG&E Mission Substation

1250 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Well, I think the power substation on 8th Street is simply terrifying. There are a lot of people who will praise this particular building, and they're entitled to their opinion. I think it looks like the place Skeletor would stash political prisoners. PG&E has a teeny bit of an image problem (cough cough) at the best of times, and this can’t possibly help." — Adam Brinklow (Curbed SF associate editor)

1250 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

9. Shopping plaza at Woodside & O'Shaughnessy

O'Shaughnessy Blvd & Woodside Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127

"You really must drive/ride past the red stucco trash at Woodside and O’Shaughnessy to see this poorly constructed, presumedly hand built mess. So ugly, cheap and without any finesse at all," said Realestatey. "Yes, other structures are more visible and loom large. Yet this subtle wart of a building truly offends." Reader keenplanner agreed, asking, "Who approved this P.O.S.?"

O'Shaughnessy Blvd & Woodside Ave
San Francisco, CA 94127

10. 1880 Pine

1880 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94109

"I avert my eyes every time I pass 1880 Pine St. Especially in contrast to the elegant Victorian next door." — SFhouselover

1880 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94109

11. Hall of Justice

850 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94103

A photo posted by lkosak (@lkosak) on

850 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94103

12. San Francisco Marriott Marquis

780 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

A photo posted by Time Traveller (@hairulhafiy) on

780 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

13. LinkedIn SF

222 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Another polarizing piece, many cringe at Yerba Buena's latest offering. " 'Darth Vader,' such an eyesore in SOMA. I do like the reflection from the glasses but the architecture and color looks too simple and too black," says wphuang.

222 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

14. Hilton San Francisco Financial District

750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

A photo posted by Kevin Green (@mysodotcom) on

750 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

15. 555 Pine

555 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94108

"555 Pine is hands down the most hideous. I wish I had never noticed this building and its pitifully tiny number of windows." — grantaleo

555 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94108

16. 360 3rd Street

360 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

"Not to say these buildings do not look good on the inside, but outside they are underwhelming for the most part." — pamipampers

360 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

17. 303 2nd Street Plaza

303 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

"Don’t love the blue tiles, especially the side you see getting off the freeway." — pamipampers

303 2nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

18. U.S. Bank

4610 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

A photo posted by Zack Onisko (@zack415) on

4610 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94112

19. Salesforce Tower

415 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
415 Mission St
San Francisco, CA