Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.

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Watergate complex © Tim1965

Watergate complex © Tim1965

The Watergate complex is a group of five buildings next to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in the United States. The Watergate superblock is bounded on the north by Virginia Avenue, on the east by New Hampshire Avenue, on the south by F Street, and on the west by the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway. It is in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood overlooking the Potomac River, next to the Kennedy Center and the embassy of Saudi Arabia. The nearest Metro station, 0.4 miles distant, is Foggy Bottom-GWU. Covering a total of 10 acres (40,000 m2), the buildings include:

  • Watergate West (2700 Virginia Avenue NW), cooperative apartments
  • Watergate Hotel and Office Building (2600 Virginia Avenue NW), offices and a hotel at 2650 Virginia Avenue NW
  • Watergate East (2500 Virginia Avenue NW), cooperative apartments
  • Watergate South (700 New Hampshire Avenue NW), cooperative apartments
  • Watergate Office Building (600 New Hampshire Avenue NW), offices

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Watergate complex © Tim1965
Built between 1963 and 1971, the Watergate is considered one of Washington’s most desirable living spaces, popular with members of Congress and political appointees in the executive branch. The complex has been sold several times since the 1980s. In the 1990s, it was split up and its component buildings and parts of buildings were sold to various owners.

In 1972, the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, then located on the sixth floor of the Watergate Hotel and Office Building, were burglarized, documents were photographed, and telephones were wiretapped. The investigation into the burglary revealed that high officials in the Nixon administration had ordered the break-in and then tried to cover up their involvement. Additional crimes were also uncovered. The ensuing Watergate Scandal, named for the complex, led to Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974. The name “Watergate” and the suffix “-gate” have since become synonymous with political scandals in the United States and elsewhere.

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