1101 Vermont Avenue NW: If the architect put any thought into this putty-colored, utterly featureless building when it was constructed in 1981, I shudder to think what their more creative efforts might look like.
1101 Vermont Avenue NW: If the architect put any thought into this putty-colored, utterly featureless building when it was constructed in 1981, I shudder to think what their more creative efforts might look like. Credit: By

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It’s easy to complain about downtown’s uninspired, Height-Act-flattened boxy office buildings. And much of the disdain is deserved. But there are a good number of really excellent buildings downtown as well—so after a bit of trashing, we’ll move on to some examples.