Brutalist Architecture often evokes strong reactions, both positive and negative, from the general public. While there are certainly some “less than stirring” examples, there are also quite lovely and inspiring ones too. One of my favorites is Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University (see photo above).
Sadly, it’s their sometimes controversial appearance that can make these structures more susceptible to demolition, well before their usefulness has ended. While many mistakenly believe the name “brutalist” comes from their imposing, often stark fortress-like appearance, in reality it pertains to the exposed raw concrete, a.k.a. “beton brut” as noted by renown architect Le Corbusier.
Several websites including sosbrutalism.org and the Brutalist Buildings page on Facebook are attempting to rectify this situation by showing these buildings/structures a little love and showcasing the need for protection of outstanding examples of this modernist subcategory.
Below, is my running list of Brutalist buildings and structures that I recall seeing and/or visiting over the years. As I have the chance to see/visit others, this last will be updated. Enjoy!