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The Building

Explore the space that holds the story of a proud and honorable profession

Located in the 400 block of E Street, NW, the National Law Enforcement Museum will be set in Washington, DC's, Judiciary Square, just north of Pennsylvania Avenue and the National Mall. In his original plan for the nation's capital, Pierre L'Enfant identified Judiciary Square as the center of the judicial branch of government, and today the historic setting is surrounded by a number of federal court buildings. Directly adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, the Museum will be an architectural statement that complements this monument to officers killed in the line of duty.

Designed by the award-winning architectural firm, Davis Buckley Architects and Planners, the Museum is uniquely designed as a mostly-underground building. This creates both architectural challenges as well as opportunities to create a Museum that is functional, interesting and inspirational.

Visitors will enter the Museum through two 4,000-square foot, above-ground glass-entry pavilions that symbolize the visibility of law enforcement and represent our country's open and free democracy. As you descend into the Museum, the space will open to reveal the full expanse of the Museum.

A glass bridge is designed to float above the main Museum area, providing a place to observe the activities and experience the dynamic energy of the Museum. Along this glass bridge is a Thin Blue Line, representing the protective role of law enforcement. Etched in this line will be the names of those generous individuals and organizations that have donated at least $1,000 to the Museum.

The main floor of the Museum houses the Introductory theater, the core exhibits and special exhibition spaces.

The Museum is being designed as a modern, energy-efficient building for which LEED certification (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) will be sought.

Architect and Planner

Davis Buckley, FAIA
Thomas Streigel, AIA

Davis Buckley's work reflects aspirations as well as needs. A national memorial can touch the soul of an individual or a community. A mixed use project can engage the public and enrich the urban environment in more than physical ways. Davis Buckley collaborates with many kinds of clients on architecture of inspiration, as well as practicality and performance. Working with owners and other stakeholders, they help to define goals and objectives, shape programs, ensure economical life cycles and sustainable futures and explore creative choices based on a shared understanding. Davis Buckley created the extraordinary design of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.