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Watergate Complex, Washington DC
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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. Covering a total of 10acre, the buildings include: Watergate West (2700 Virginia Avenue NW), cooperative apartments Watergate Hotel and Office Building (2600 Virginia Avenue NW), offices and a hotel 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 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, was 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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  • This is a cluster of buildings with historic ties to the Watergate scandal. Buildings are not very attractive and contain shops, apartments and offices. Good for a drive by. 
  • If you are over 40, you likely recognize the significance of the Watergate in political terms. If you are under 40, you likely can recall recent scandals or controversies ending with "gate" (eg, Bridg...  more »
  • Located in foggy bottom near Kennedy center it offers visitors many choices. And diversions with shops restaurants. Hotels and a top notch health club. This is located across the street from a friend ...  more »
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  • For better or worse. A building that changed the world. The twisting tales spun to protect a thiefdom. Reputations lost. History made.
  • Was an ok hotel, but some men attempted to steal a bunch of documents from me.
  • This is really a famous building. Looks strange but ... Also beautiful.
  • Great view of the Potomac.
  • This place is famous for the Watergate break-in during the Nixon administration. With G gordon Liddy and a bunch of other people burglarizing the place for the Democratic National Committee headquarters.