September 25, 2015 Docomomo

RSVP Today: Watergate Tour & Reception – Oct. 24


The Watergate is marking its 50 anniversary. Photo by Thomas Jester.

Docomomo DC’s Annual Tour Day on Oct. 24, 2015, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Watergate complex and provide participants with rare access in the landmark space. The event, hosted by Docomomo DC–the local chapter of an international and national preservationist organization–and the DC Preservation League, will kick off with a lecture by McGill University Professor Adrian Sheppard. Prof. Sheppard was a member of the design team for the Watergate while working in the office of noted Italian architect Luigi Moretti, who designed the modernist complex. After the introductory discussion by Sheppard, participants will have an opportunity to go on guided tours of a number of the residential units and outdoor spaces. The event will conclude with a reception at Zeitoun, a Mediterranean restaurant located in the heart of the Watergate complex.

Please register here. The event will run from 1 to 5:30 pm. (Full Disclosure: I am a board member of Docomomo DC.)


Designed by Moretti and constructed between 1964 and 1971, the Watergate is comprised of three luxury residential cooperatives, two office buildings and a hotel. Registered as a National Historic Landmark in 2005 and composed of more than 600 residences, the Watergatecomplex is situated on the Potomac River.Landscape architect Boris Timchenko carried Moretti’s vision outdoors with more than 150 modernist planters, fountains tiered like waterfalls, a seven-acre park with outdoor swimming pools, and landscaped roof gardens that offer some of Washington’s most breathtaking panoramas.

While the complex represents one of the most stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture in the nation’s capital, it is also known as the site of the infamous 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters.

We hope you will join us for this special opportunity to view this iconic piece of Washington architecture and history.