"Deep Throat" parking garage to be torn down

There are only a few years left to visit the infamous historic landmark where "Deep Throat" slipped Watergate secrets to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward.

The office building that houses the parking garage at 1401 Wilson Blvd., in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, Virginia, will be torn down in favor of a new office complex, the Washington Business Journal reports.

Woodward's 2005 book, "The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat," revealed the location of the garage where Woodward and Felt conducted their clandestine late-night meetings. The information provided by Felt and the subsequent coverage of the Watergate scandal eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.

In 2011, Arlington County placed a marker outside the garage, a plaque that the property's developer hopes to preserve.

"We obviously view the whole Watergate situation as a significant event in the history of our country," Monday Properties Chief Development Officer Tim Helmig told ARLNow.com. "It would be our hope that we preserve that plaque and incorporate it in our redevelopment."

The 1976 hit movie, "All the President's Men" starring Robert Redford as Woodward, Dustin Hoffman as Woodward's reporting partner, Carl Bernstein, and Hal Holbrook as "Deep Throat" dramatized the meetings with Holbrook's shadowy, cigarette-smoking character meeting Redford's Woodward in dark parking garages and providing clues about the Watergate scandal.

After the building is replaced - demolition isn't expected to begin until at least 2016 - the movie and Arlington's marker will be all that's left of the history that went down at 1401 Wilson Blvd., four decades ago.

"We thought we should probably do a marker and let people know this, indeed, is where all these things took place," Arlington County historic preservation coordinator Michael Leventhal told WTOP in 2011. "As with all these changes ... you don't want to lose that something happened and this is where things occurred."

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