FBI Headquarters in DC Named America’s ‘Uglyist’ Building

The blocks-long building near the White House was named the ugliest in a survey conducted by the home improvement company Buildworld.
The J. Edgar Hoover Building of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seen on April 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. - The FBI is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Buildworld scored buildings across the country by compiling tweets about their architecture and counting how many of them were negative.
  • Buildworld decided to leap into the debate by identifying the most maligned buildings in the world, judged by the language that people are using about them on Twitter,” the firm says about the impetus for the survey.
  • The FBI headquarters was designed and built in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
  • The federal government has acknowledged the building has at least outlived its usefulness.
  • Congress, as part of the fiscal 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, directed the General Services Administrator to select a new site “as expeditiously as possible” from one of the three previously identified sites during project planning in 2016: Greenbelt, Md.; Landover, Md.; and Springfield, Va.

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