I visited the iconic parking spot recently on my commute home, and was struck by the mundaneness of the space. Located blocks from the Rosslyn, Virginia Metro stop, the garage maintains its decades-old look. Walls of chipped paint, broken ceiling lights, barely visible parking lines, and an overall grungy appearance give no hint of the remarkable. The only way to spot the iconic area is by an historical marker placed outside. And yet this is where two men met to trade information that eventually brought down a sitting president. The moments—six, to be exact—were portrayed fairly well in Alan J. Pakula’s All the President’s Men.
The parking garage in suburban Virginia where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward occasionally met with his stealthy Watergate source “Deep Throat” is to be torn down to permit construction of two commercial and residential towers.
While they’re at it, local authorities ought to scrap the inaccurate historical marker that went up near the garage a few years ago.