Visit the Deep Throat garage before it’s destroyed

Monday marked the 42 anniversary of the first Watergate break-in. In celebration of that anniversary, the Arlington County Board has decided to destroy the Rosslyn office building garage where former FBI associate director turned informant William Mark Felt, a.k.a. Deep Throat met with Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward six times to leak the information which ultimately led to President Richard Nixon‘s resignation.

Destroying this office building makes sense. It’s old. The neighborhood has changed dramatically since its construction. “The Rosslyn of the ’70s allowed street-level garage walls and was, in fact, not a very nice place for people,” County Board Vice Chairwoman Mary Hynes said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “So we will mark the historic nature of the site while creating a fabulous new plaza where people will gather.”

But this not-very-nice place for people made it perfect for six cloak-and-dagger meetings between Woodward and Deep Throat. In the biggest political scandal in American history, the garage of the Oakhill Office Building played a pivotal role.

The building is going to be replaced by a 24-story office building and 28-floor residential block in the coming future. Luckily for you slackers (or new Hilltop residents), a Monday Properties spokesperson said the garage “was unlikely to be raised before 2017.” Once the building’s gone, a 2011 historical marker will remain, but no garage.

If you want to visit the Deep Throat garage, you might need a little preparation. Watch or read the 1976 movie and book All the President’s Men the former starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford. Read the Vanity Fair article wherein Felt reveals, “I’m the guy they called Deep Throat.” Watch Frost/Nixon. And watch the David Frost and Nixon interviews.

The building is located at 1401 Wilson Boulevard Rosslyn, VA 22209. If you’re anxious about the experience, the Deep Throat garage has an average of 3.5 stars for two reviews on Yelp. There are also a number of pictures on the Yelp page that will help you get your bearings if you’re not sure for what you’re looking.

Final destination: 1820 N. Nash St. You’ll want to enter from here, as you’re going to the D-level garage. It’s the bottommost level, and the entrance is on the right-hand side of the street. The actual spot where Bob Woodward and Deep Throat met is space 32 on Level D.

Don’t wait to go! There’s no set date on when the structure will be demolished, so sooner rather than later. If you’ve gone, make sure to put a flowerpot with a red flag in your dorm room window so Vox knows to meet you there.

Photo: Martin Kalfatovic via Flickr

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