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'Deep Throat' garage to be torn down in Arlington

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ARLINGTON, Va. -

It was a unanimous vote over the weekend by lawmakers in Arlington County that will soon bring the wrecking ball to one of the area's most intriguing, yet little-visited attractions. It is an underground parking garage that played a major role in the downfall of President Richard Nixon.

It's one of the iconic scenes in “All the President's Men.” And in real life, that meeting between the Washington Post's Bob Woodward and the FBI's No. 2 official Mark Felt, known for decades only as "Deep Throat," happened here in this basement garage in Arlington County at 1401 Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn.

Now, the Arlington County Board has agreed to let the building and the historic garage beneath it be torn down in the name of redevelopment.

"Why did Woodward and Bernstein and Deep Throat decide to go there? It's because nobody went there after 5 o'clock at night,” said Mary Hynes. “And honestly, that's not anybody's vision of what urban places should be anymore."

Mary Hynes is the Vice Chair of the Arlington County Board.

"We're trying to make this a place where people want to be 24/7,” Hynes said. “They want to live, they want to work, they want to play. These garages don't contribute to that one bit."

In the movie, Robert Redford plays Woodward and Hal Holbrook played Deep Throat. Felt is helping Woodward unravel the Watergate conspiracy of dirty tricks and cover-ups that brought down a president.

Felt and Woodward met inside this garage six times during the Washington Post's reporting on Watergate. That was between October 1972 and November 1973.

Felt's true identity was kept secret for more than 30 years.

Outside next to the garage entrance, there is a historic marker telling the story of the site.

And when the new office and commercial towers are built, which is still a few years away, county officials say that story will still be told. You just won't be able to retrace the actual steps of history anymore.

In a cable television interview Monday afternoon, Woodward said he had no sentimental attachment to the garage and would not want its place in history to get in the way of progress.


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