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Before the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal gets its $183 million makeover, let's take a look back at its original home, a 1963 "brutalist palace of poured concrete," with critic James Gardner. Though New York City commissioned the hub from Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi to flex the city's "cultural vanguardism," it was poorly placed and never once renovated in its 50 years (a feature Gardner compares to the "decayed hulks of the former Soviet Union"). The new terminal will be getting some much-needed curves and glass expanses instead of concrete, making it what he predicts as a "slightly less ugly monster." [The Real Deal]