Donald Trump, US President was a well-known real estate developer before becoming the 45th U.S. President. He rose to public prominence after a number of successful real estate deals in Manhattan and New York City, and his company now owns and develops lodging and golf courses around the world. After becoming U.S. President in January 2017, Trump resigned all management roles within The Trump Organization, his real estate business company, and delegated company management to his sons Donald Jr. and Eric. Even after giving up his position in his erstwhile real estate company after becoming the President, Trump hasn’t missed any opportunity to show his knowledge and interest in the subject on every possible occasion. Recently, he came down heavily on a particular building in Washington DC calling it the ugliest building in the city. Do you know which building he was referring to?
Yes, U.S. President was talking about FBI building in Washington DC which he called one of the ugliest buildings in the city. It’s one of the brutalist-type buildings, you know, brutalist architecture. Honestly, I think it’s one of the ugliest buildings in the city, the President said recently. He wants it to be completely revamped and wants to personally oversee details of a renovation of the building, including the cost per sqf, the materials used and the renovation specifications. The FBI also recognizes its HQ building needs fixing, though has not submitted plans to Congress and there are no funds appropriated for the project.
The FBI HQ located at 935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. is named after former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. The structure is eight stories high on the Pennsylvania Avenue NW side, and 11 stories high on the E Street NW side. Two wings connect the two main buildings, forming an open-air, trapezoidal courtyard. The exterior is buff-coloured precast and cast-in-place concrete with repetitive, square, bronze-tinted windows set deep in concrete frames.
The building has always been a subject of debate with reaction ranging from strong praise to strong disapproval. More recently, it has been widely condemned on aesthetic and urban planning grounds. The building is nearing the end of its useful lifespan, suffering from deterioration due to deferred maintenance and mediocre design. Interestingly, façade of the building used angular concrete elements similar to those used by Le Corbusier in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh.