Federal Triangle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
G-Men and G-Women
Make No Little Plans
— Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
The FBI was established in 1908 as the Justice Department's detective unit. Its agents investigated allegations of investment fraud, opium smuggling, munitions trafficking, and other federal crimes. The agency's power increased during national security crisis and as it brought mob figures and other violent criminals to justice. Under the half-century directorship of native Washingtonian J. Edgar Hoover, the bureau grew in responsibility and helped professionalize modern law enforcement, emphasizing scientific analysis. Drawing on a century of experience, the modern FBI protects the nation against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, enforces U.S. criminal laws, and provides leadership for the nation's law enforcement organizations.
Formerly housed in the Department of Justice building to your left, the FBI relocated
On this corner you can see the Justice Department's classically inspired Art Deco style night doors, torchares (light fixtures), and other decorative aluminum features. High above the doors is a colorful mosaic ceiling by local artist/craftsman John Joseph Earley.
Looking to your left along 10th Street, you can see the continuation of the city's street plan as Federal Triangle buildings frame the view to the National Museum of Natural History.
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 3.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Law Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the Federal Triangle Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 38° 53.646′ N, 77° 1.551′ W. Marker is in Federal Triangle in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest and 10th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of Pennsylvania Avenue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Permanence and Grandeur: Building the Federal Triangle (about 300 feet away); Preserving the Past (about 600 feet away); Equal Justice Under the Law (about 600 feet away); In Memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (about 700 feet away); Welcome Aboard! (about 700 feet away); Knights of Pythias (about 800 feet away); Grandeur for the People (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Federal Triangle.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 6, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on August 25, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.