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50th Anniversary (2015)

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Listed here are news stories and other Watergate memorabilia from the collections of current residents (as of March 2014). They are listed chronologically with a link to the piece. Many thanks to these residents for sharing their personal papers.

Due to the personal nature of some of this historic information, please email if you would like information about Watergate history that is listed on, but not linked from, this web page. Please include your name, contact information, what you are requesting and the reason for your request.

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Oral History Project

Watergate East is collecting oral histories from residents, staff, and the development teams. The oral history project began in 2013, lasting 2 years. The histories will be included here as they are transcribed and authorized. Other oral histories of some Watergate residents are located in the Digital DC project at George Washington University.

Due to the personal nature of these oral histories, please email if you would like a copy. Be specific as to what you are requesting.

BERNARD BURT: charter member of Watergate Hotel Health Club and Foggy Bottom resident.

WILLIAM G. DAKIN: Watergate East resident since 1990; past WEI board member.

GEORGE ARNSTEIN: Watergate East resident since 1965; past WEI board member.


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More clippings and articles: Henry Winston scrapbook.

Hannan, William T. "Editorial Opinion: Let Foggy Bottom Go On Redeveloping Itself?" Washington Post 1955c.

"Views from Washington Monument: then (1880) and now (1958)." The Star Magazine 6 Jul 1958: 16.

"Peoples Life Moving To New Headquarters." Washington Post 1958c.

"Foggy Bottom Land Sale Is Confirmed." Washington Post 1959c.

Viorst, Milton. "FB GasTanks to Dignity". Washington Post 28 Nov 1959.

"Whitehurst Controversy." Washington Post 1960c.

"Sports Center Dedication." 1960.

Willmann, John B. "Foggy Bottom Gas House Site To Get Facelift: Italian Proposes 10-Acre Luxury Apartment Plan." Washington Post 22 Oct 1961: B1+.

"Conceptual Drawing: $75 Million Housing Project."

"Water Gate Town." The Foggy Bottom News 01 Feb 1962.

Kennedy, George, "The Rambler...Strolls in Foggy Bottom." The Evening Star c.1963.

"Watergate Project Begins Construction." The Foggy Bottom News. Feb 1964.

Manzoli, Mary K. "You Live in Mexico!" The Foggy Bottom News Feb 1964: Vol 8 No. 6. [Brief History of Foggy Bottom].

Goshko, John. "Italian Designer Defends Plan for Watergate Apartments." Washington Post May 1964.

"The Story of Watergate." Lawyers Title News, Mar 1965.

MacPherson, Myra. "Foggy Bottom Takes Place Among Addresses of Status." New York Times 25 Jun 1966.

Photo 1: Robert F. Marlow unit
Photo 2: Robert E. McCord unit
Photo 3: Joel Barlow, Penthouse

Conroy, Sarah Booth. "Prices Start as Low as $74,200." Washington Post 4 Mar 1967: E1+.

Chevalier, Douglas. Photo: Aerial View. Washington Post 9 Mar 1967, C1.

"From "Paper Town" to Urban Resort: Watergate Rises as Key Crossroad." The Spectator 2 Oct 1968.

"All Roads Lead to the Watergate." The Spectator 2 Oct 1968: 6-7.

"Watergate...A Meeting of the Roads." Georgetowner 10 Oct 1968: 8-9.

Dubivsky, Barbara. "Inaugural Visitors Will Find That Eight Years Have Greatly Changed the Face of Washington." New York Times 5 Jan 1969.

Willmann, John B. Watergate Sales Total $19 Million. Washington Post 11 Jan 1969: D1.

MacPherson, Myra. "Watergate, Where Republicans Gather." Washington Post 25 Feb 1969: B1+.

Dresden, Donald. "Dining: The Watergate Terrace runs the gamut from quite good to dreary." Washington Post 13 Sep 1970: 86.

Hughes, Carolyn. "Ambience at Les Champs." Washington Post 21 Oct 1972: D22.

Clipping. "Watergate Mall Has 34 Shops." Washington Post 10 Oct 1972: D8.

Willmann, John B. "Watergate...More Than a Caper." Washington Post 19 May 1973: E1+.

Mansfield, Stephanie. "Watergate: The Reagan Renaissance." Washington Post 28 May 1981: D1+.

Elliott, Laura, "Inside the Watergate: Is It All Champagne, Celebrities, and Saunas?" The Washingtonian Sep 1983: 154-161.

Wheeler, Linda. "Where We Live: Watergate: Urban Village With a View." Washington Post 25 Apr 1995: E1+.

Monahan, Jane. "High-rise buildings, even taller stories Jane Monahan explains why The Watergate's legacy goes beyond Nixon." The Financial Times Limited 30 Jul 2005: 15.

Alshuler, George. "For Watergate, a golden milestone." The Northwest Current 17 Sep 2014: 1+.

Orton, Kathy. "Where We Live: A Watergate flat with plenty of space for fine living and breathtaking views." Washington Post 23 Oct 2015.

Donovan, Janet. "Gateway to Edgy…." Hollywood On The Potomac: DINE 'N DISH 26 Oct 2015.

"Behind the walls of Watergate." BBC Newshour 1 Nov 2015. The Watergate Complex is 50 years old. Washington Post writer Michele Langevine Leiby is a resident and shares some insights into the distinctive collection of buildings and residents.



Eljer Fine Plumbing Fixtures. Advertisement. c.1965).

Hotel. Newspaper Advertisement (1967).

Opening Watergate West. Newspaper Advertisement (1969).

This is Watergate Now: Watergate South. Newspaper Advertisement (26 Feb 1971).


Marketing Materials

Postcard given to new residents to announce their move to Watergate. (c.1965).

"The Story of Watergate". Brochure. Riverview Realty (c.1965).

"62 ways to spend money in Watergate without buying an apartment." Les Champs/Mall/Restaurants Brochure (1966).

"Watergate East: Washington's Consummate Cooperative Apartment Residence." Brochure. Riverview Realty (1966).

"Watergate Office Building." Brochure. Riverview Realty (c.1966).

Watergate 600 Brochure. Cushman Wakefield (c.1995).



"Everybody Lives at Watergate." Life Magazine 8 Aug 1969: 40-47.

Holmes, Nancy, "At Home: Watergate: Washington's Next-Best Power Address." Town and Country Jun 1982: 149-160.

Kummer, Luke Jerod. "The French Chef Who Taught Washington How To Eat: Watergate Restaurateur Jean-Louis Palladin was DC's First Celebrity Chef." Washingtonian Oct 2015.



Goode, James M. Best Addresses: A Century of Washington's Distinguished Apartment Houses. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books; First Edition edition, 17 Apr 2003: 75-85.

Innis, Pauline B. The Secret Gardens of Watergate. McLean, Virginia: EPM Publications, Inc.; 1986.

Molinari, Luca. "The Italian Legacy in Washington D.C.: Architecture, Design, Art and Culture; Interview with Giuseppe Cecchi, Developer of the Watergate Complex June 15, 2007." NYC: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2008. [Published with permission from Rizzoli 1 Nov 2011.]


Hotel Memorabilia

Tardio, Mary Lou, ed. "The Watergate Hotel Review." The Watergate Hotel Winter 1975, Volume 3, Number 3.

Tardio, Mary Lou, ed. "The Watergate Hotel Review." The Watergate Hotel Spring 1975, Volume 3, Number 4.

Sales Brochure. c.2003.

Belles Rives at the Watergate. Monument Realty brochure cover. c.2005.



Construction of Watergate West. 1968.


Historic Memorabilia

Welcome Letter to Purchaser (18 Aug 1964).

Watergate Improvement Associates. "Memo regarding Stage IV development of Watergate," 22 Oct 1968. The memo explains the subdivision of Watergate South into two sections: residential and office.

Stowell, Kerry H., ed. Watergate East: Anniversary Issue 1964-1992.
Washington, D.C.: Panic Press, 1992. [Folder: 59 pages in images.]

Committee to Preserve the Watergate Heritage, Inc. & Traceries Inc., Watergate Complex Historic Designation Application Cover. 2 Feb 2005.

National Register of Historic Places, Application Form. 20 Apr 2005: 66 pages.

Decision, District of Columbia Historic Preservation Review Board. 2005.

Stowell, Kerry H., "City Within a City: an online exhibit created to celebrate the addition of the Kerry Stowell/Watergate East, Inc. Papers to the GWU Libraries Special Collections Research Center." 2012.