Over the years, the building cropped up in news broadcasts, novels, television dramas and movies. “Arlington Road,” a fictional 1999 movie about domestic terrorists, ended with a shot, produced by Hollywood’s imaging magic, of the structure being blown to bits by a truck bomb.
What will really happen to the Hoover building? If last year’s report from the GAO, Congress’ investigative arm, is any indication, a developer might want to knock it down and start over.
That report displayed photographs of concrete facing that came loose and had to be removed from the building’s exterior. Another problem: Rainwater runoff infiltrated the basement. Solution: The FBI jury-rigged a plastic chute that directed the rainwater into a recycling bin.