[3], In 1972, the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) occupied the entire sixth floor of the 11-story building at 2600 Virginia Avenue. The fifth, James W. McCord, Jr., was the security chief of the Committee to Re-elect the President (later known popularly as CREEP), which was presided over by John Mitchell, Nixon’s former attorney general. Watergate Office Building (2600 Virginia Ave NW), the office building where the Watergate burglaryhappened. [34][35][36][37] The project was announced on October 21, 1960. Another namesake, the "Water Gate Inn" restaurant (1942–1966), operated on the site for more than two decades before the Watergate complex was built. Please select which sections you would like to print: Corrections? [6] The new owner renovated the building again, a project which included expanding its lobby and restaurant space. Presidential Press Secretary Ron Ziegler responded that the president would have no comment on a “third-rate burglary attempt.” The preponderance of early media reports, driven by a successful White House public relations campaign, claimed that there had been no involvement by the Nixon administration or the reelection committee. In 1986, Cunard Line, the cruise ship company, took over management of the hotel and began redecorating and refurbishing it. [2], Problems with the building's construction became apparent shortly after its occupancy. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. [26], In 2004, Washington Post writer John Kelly argued that the name was most directly linked to the "Water Steps" or "Water Gate," a set of ceremonial stairs west of the Lincoln Memorial that led down to the Potomac. [61], With the support of the NCPC, SGI dug in its heels: It declared it was not interested in developing the unsightly, abandoned commercial site unless its basic curvilinear design (now called "Watergate Towne") was approved, and it lobbied DCZC commissioners in late May, lecturing them on the District's architectural heritage and the beauty of modern architecture. Einfach erklärt Viele Dinge scheinen uns im Alltag selbstverständlich: Die Abfälle werden regelmäßig von zuhause abgeholt, das saubere Wasser kommt immer aus dem Hahn und wenn der Schalter betätigt wird, dann geht das Licht an. [91] The Kennedy Center then argued that the DCZC had not properly considered its objections, and should delay its approval pending further hearings. [150] More than 145 protesters were arrested. [163] A year later, the company said its design team, led by the architectural firm BBGM, had completed a plan to increase the number of luxury hotel rooms to 251 to 348, renovate the lobby to add a bar and lounge, add a restaurant with some outdoor seating, and add a rooftop bar with a small water feature. [57] The USCFA gave its assent to the revised construction plan on May 28, the White House withdrew its objections, and the DCZC gave its final approval on July 13. Early on June 17, 1972, police apprehended five burglars at the office of the DNC in the Watergate complex. [152] On February 19, several hundred protestors gathered in front of the Watergate East and attempted to enter the building. (Though often referred to in the press as “Cubans,” only three of the four were of Cuban heritage.) [42] Blackstone began managing the hotel, and put it up for sale in the fall of 2002 (with an asking price of $50 million to $68 million). [149] The Washington Post published reports in October 1968 that SGI refused to fix the leaks unless residents dropped their opposition to the construction of the complex's fifth building. [36] Luigi Moretti of the University of Rome was the chief architect, and Milton Fischer of the D.C.-based firm of Corning, Moore, Elmore and Fischer the associate architect. [160] But the renovation never occurred, and the building sat empty—consuming $100,000 to $150,000 a month in security, heating, electricity, water, and other costs. [88] Watergate apartment residents such as Senator Wayne Morse lobbied the USFCA, DCZC, and NCPC to force SGI to accede to the Kennedy Center's wishes. [54] With these adjustments, the total cost of the first apartment complex (excluding plumbing, electricity, and decoration) was estimated at $12,184,376. Nevertheless, the White House successfully framed Woodward and Bernstein’s reporting as the obsession of a single “liberal” newspaper pursuing a vendetta against the president of the United States. [157][158] But many residents in other parts of the complex (some of whom owned the 25 percent of the hotel not sold to Blackstone)[112] argued that a hotel would better enhance the livability of the area and challenged the conversion in court. The president, his chief of staff, H.R. [158] The hotel was put on the market in May 2009, but once again no buyer emerged. "Watergate Residents Happy". The new building owner said it would continue renovating various spaces in the structure, as well as upgrade and expand the rooftop amenities and build a new fitness center and new conference center.[182]. [20] Various buildings were sold again in the early 2000s (decade). Watergate scandal, interlocking political scandals of the administration of U.S. Pres. [28], The Washington Star newspaper, however, was an early proponent of the Watergate. [56] By the end of April, DCZC had announced that it would delay its decision. [17], Construction problems and leaks at Watergate West led the press to ridicule this building, like others in the complex, as the "Potomac Titanic. With over 20 years experience in the plumbing trade, we specialise in high efficiency boiler installations, powerflushing, underfloor heating and all core plumbing and heating. [20] Efficiency units in that year sold for $95,000, while penthouse apartments went for $1 million or more. [2] Each parking space in the underground garage cost $3,000.