The J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building, also known as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Headquarters, is the brain of the FBI’s activities around the world. The building, named after Hoover, who was the first FBI director, is located downtown in Washington DC, within walking distance of many other popular attractions. It also has a unique history, including a story that the famous FBI crime laboratory may have also been used as a smoking lounge.
The FBI has multiple locations, each of which handles various parts of the organization. The headquarters centralizes and coordinates activities at the highest levels. It serves as a hub for intelligence and information gathering. It’s also the location that takes the lead for the FBI during times of crisis or emergency.
The FBI Headquarters is currently located at 935 Pennsylvania Ave NW. There is metered street parking nearby, but it can often be difficult to find a spot. The best way to reach the headquarters is by public transportation. The closest metro subway stops are Federal Triangle, Gallery Place/Chinatown, Metro Center, and Archives/Navy Memorial. As of July 2014, the FBI is in search of a new location for the headquarters.