Contact & Directions

CONTACTING THE PERRY CENTER
William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies
National Defense University
Abraham Lincoln Hall
260 5th Avenue, Building 64
Washington, DC 20319-5066
Telephone: 202.685.4670
Facsimile: 202.685.4674 / 866.374.2060

Telephone (DSN): 325.4670
Facsimile (DSN): 325.4674

Academic Affairs
chdsacademics@ndu.edu

Alumni Office
chdsalumni@ndu.edu

Information Technology
chdswebmaster@ndu.edu

Protocol Office
chdsprotocol@ndu.edu
Facsimile: 202.318.7633

Registrar
chdsregistrar@ndu.edu
Facsimile: 202.478.2153 / 866.294.6374

Strategic Communications
chdsstratcom@ndu.edu

Note: contact information for specific people can be found at About > Our People



VISITING THE PERRY CENTER / FORT MCNAIR

All visitors should plan to enter Fort McNair via the main gate located at the intersection of 2nd and Q Streets, SW. If you have visited Fort McNair in the past, please be advised that security protocols have recently tightened. It is recommended that you allow 15 minutes to process through Fort McNair security.

All visitors should plan to present a valid federal or state-issued identification such as a Common Access Card (CAC) or other government agency equivalent, driver’s license, or passport, to the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH) security personnel guarding the main gate. JBM-HH security personnel conduct background checks on visitors; visitors are required to fill out a form with their name, social security number, etc., to facilitate this process. JBM-HH security personnel will issue to approved visitors a pass attesting to their base access for a specified period of time.

Please note that all vehicles are subject to inspection. Drivers with expired driver’s licenses or registrations will be denied access to the base.

The Perry Center is located on the third floor of Abraham Lincoln Hall (Building 64).

DIRECTIONS

To reach Fort McNair by Metrorail
Take the Green Line train to the Waterfront/SEU stop. Walk three blocks south on 4th Street SW. At this point, 4th Street SW turns sharply left in front of the Fort McNair ceremonial gate and turns into P Street SW. To reach the 2nd Street gate, continue down P Street SW for two blocks and take a right on 2nd Street SW following the wall. The 2nd Street gate is one block down, on the right.

To reach Fort McNair by Metrobus
Take a southbound 74 bus in the direction of Nationals Park. There is a stop in front of the main ceremonial gate. To reach the 2nd Street gate, continue down P Street SW away from the ceremonial gate for two blocks and take a right on 2nd Street SW following the wall. The 2nd Street gate is one block down, on the right.

Note:

  • Between 0600 and 0900, all pedestrians in possession of a Common Access Card (CAC) are able to enter by the ceremonial gate. All others will need to enter through the main entrance located on 2nd Street SW.
  • After 0900, only Pedestrians in possession of a Common Access Card (CAC) and a turnstile access code will be able to enter the ceremonial gate. All others will need to use the main entrance.
  • In the interests of personal safety please do not walk to Fort McNair during the hours of dusk/darkness.

If using an internet-based mapping/driving tool for driving directions, we recommend that you use 1600 2nd Street SW, Washington DC, 20024 as your destination.

Note about parking:

  • Unless you have been given a reserved spot in the parking lot directly across from the Abraham Lincoln Hall rotunda, please pay attention to all parking signs around campus, especially in the residential areas along 1st, 2nd, and 4th Avenues. Parking spaces are often at a premium, especially during the academic school year, snowy days, and special events.

Via I-395 N (Washington National Airport, Crystal City)

  1. Head toward Washington, DC on I-395 N
  2. Continue straight onto I-295 S
  3. Merge onto South Capitol Street SE / South Capitol Street SW
  4. Make a slight right at South Capitol Street SW
  5. Turn right at P Street SW
  6. Turn left at 2nd Street SW

Via Dulles Access Road (Dulles International Airport)

  1. Get on Dulles Airport Access Road, staying in the left lanes.
  2. Merge onto VA-267 E (Dulles Toll Road)
  3. Take Exit 18 to Capital Beltway / I-495 N toward Baltimore
  4. Take Exit 43 to George Washington Memorial Parkway South
  5. Take the exit onto I-395 N toward Washington
  6. Continue straight onto I-295 S
  7. Take the South Capitol Street (Exit 9)
  8. Slight right at South Capitol Street SW
  9. Turn right at P Street SW
  10. Turn left at 2nd Street SW

Via MD-295 S (Baltimore-Washington International Airport)

  1. Go west on I-195 W (signs for I-195 W/Airport exit)
  2. Take exit 2B for MD-295 S/Baltimore/Washington Parkway toward Washington
  3. Merge onto I-295 S
  4. Take exit 3B for Howard Road toward Downtown
  5. Turn right at Howard Road SE; take the ramp to South Capitol Street SE
  6. Slight right to stay on S Capitol Street SE
  7. Turn left at N Street SW
  8. Turn right at First Street SE; Continue on Canal Street SW
  9. Cross P Street SW and continue on 2nd Street SW

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