McCrory made those comments to a group of business leaders representing the North Hills area, and he warned them he was being very blunt.
"It's amazing when I step out of my house and I see buildings with blank walls and they look like they were built in Dunkirk or in D-Day Normandy," McCrory said. "We have two buildings with no windows and just blank walls."
Right across the street from the Executive Mansion is the State Archives Office and the Department of Health and Human Services. They and other government buildings sprinkled around the city were mostly built in the 1960s and 70s.
"We built our buildings as though they were bunkers in WWII," McCrory said.
Parking lots with large cement block barricades don't give off the user-friendly feel the city or the state is looking for.
"We have to look at things and what our role as state government is making our property more viable and consumer friendly," McCrory said.
Officials at the State Administration Offices are in charge of the buildings, and said there are reasons the buildings are designed the way they were.
The North Hills shopping center was once an unfriendly place to get in and out of, but developers retrofitted the 1970s architecture. Now the area thrives and is one of most popular in the city.