Arlington garage where ‘Deep Throat’ spilled secrets is marked for demolition

August 27, 2013

Just two years after a historical marker went up commemorating the spot where FBI official Mark Felt secretly met with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward during the Watergate investigation, the spot itself is set to come down.

The historical marker outside the parking garage in Rosslyn where "Deep Throat" helped guide Washington Post reporters to the heart of the Watergate investigation. (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)
The historical marker outside the parking garage in Rosslyn where “Deep Throat” helped guide Washington Post reporters to the heart of the Watergate investigation. (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

The spot was in a parking garage at 1401 Wilson Blvd. in the Rosslyn area of Arlington, which Felt apparently selected as both an inconspicuous site and a halfway point between his own home near Prosperity Avenue in the Fairfax area and Woodward’s apartment in the District. Woodward and his colleague on the Post Metro desk, Carl Bernstein, used information provided by Felt, then the associate director of the FBI, to expose the Nixon administration’s role in obstructing the Watergate investigation. Nixon wound up resigning, you may have heard.

Scott Brodbeck of ARLNow.com reports that the Wilson Boulevard building and one other nearby are targeted for demolition so that new office buildings can go up. The approval process for all that is expected to take from one to four years. The chief development officer of Monday Properties, which owns the building, told Brodbeck that he hoped to preserve the plaque and incorporate it into the new design. Arlington has been pretty good about this in the past, as the Bob Peck Chevrolet homage on Glebe Road suggests.

Felt was dubbed “Deep Throat” by a Washington Post editor as a different sort of homage, to the renowned pornographic film of the same name. His identity was known only to Woodward, Bernstein and then-Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, until Felt revealed himself in 2005. Felt died in 2008.

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Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998. In 2011 he launched The State of NoVa blog, a state strictly defined as the boundaries of four counties and one city: Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Alexandria.
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