Focus USA: The Watergate

November 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

The Watergate in Washington D.C.

 

 

I´ve just been browsing through my Washington pictures and I realized that there are still so many things that I wanted to show in my photo-blog, but never had the chance to. We were just too busy doing great things all the time and I couldn´t keep up with the pace. So here are some Watergate pics.

The Watergate complex is a prominent address in Washington, best known for its inglorious role in the 1972 scandal which led to the resignation of President Nixon in 1974. The complex got its name from the close-by water gate at milepost zero of the C & O Canal. Architect was Luigi Moretti from Italy, who was a modernist, which in turn is quite obvious when looking at the buildings. I think not everything modernist is pretty to look at or even interesting, just as is the case with the Watergate. Unlike many other modernistic designs which have endured, thus proven their timelessness, the Watergate has an aura of decay and out-of-time unappropriateness. Very different from Moretti´s other designs which include the Bauhaus influenced House Of The Fascist Youth of 1933 in Rome. When going around Washington with visitors I always liked pointing out the building complex, because of its role in the mother of all modern scandals. But the more I looked at it when walking or driving past countless times, I came to the conclusion that it´s not awe-inspiring as an architectural statement. I can follow people, especially locals, when they talk about it being an eyesore. Yet, its hotel and apartments have been a very sought after location in the past. The complex was stuffed with the whole infrastructure needed for not leaving the place for a while: restaurants, supermarkets, hairdressers, a mall and doctors offices. After it became run down and the amenities weren´t kept up to date, its popularity suffered tremendously. New owners have recently given the complex a new face lift, the hotel reopened and co-op apartments are for sale again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Avenue facing northwest towards Georgetown and the Potomac River.

 

 

The Watergate Complex as seen from Roosevelt Island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington D.C. Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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