Forty years ago, the balcony of a studio at the Webster House in Dupont Circle served as a critical communication point in one of the country’s biggest political scandals. Now, all that balcony will probably be used for is enjoying a morning cup of coffee and the newspaper.
Difficult view of balcony
Last April, UrbanTurf reported that the studio that Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward lived in as he was investigating the Watergate scandal had hit the market for $215,000. Fans of All the President’s Men and Watergate fanatics will remember that when Deep Throat (Mark Felt) wanted to meet with Woodward about the scandal, he would circle page 20 in Woodward’s New York Times and then draw hands of a clock in the lower part of the page to signal what time they should meet in a Rosslyn parking garage. If Woodward wanted to meet with Felt, he would put a flag in a flower pot on the balcony of his 500 square-foot unit.
View from balcony
UrbanTurf recently learned that the unit, which was a shell in need of a good deal of work, was purchased for the discounted price of $200,000 by Katherine and Dustin Teunissen, a young couple who run Capital Housecraft, a home renovation company. For the past several months, the Teunissens have been completely renovating the unit.
“When we found the condo it was in a very dilapidated state,” Katherine Teunissen told UrbanTurf. “The walls were a nauseating shade of green, the floors were brown parquet, and the kitchen had already been gutted.”
The couple turned the studio into a one bedroom unit, and opened up the kitchen to the living room. To maximize the usable space, they added pocket doors, glass cabinets, tall closets and opened up the ceiling where possible. The bathroom and vanity area were updated, as was the kitchen, which now has concrete counters, new appliances, glass tile back splash and dark maple cabinets. The Teunissens plan to eventually rent the unit.
New kitchen in unit
One thing that may prove to be a little difficult, however, is re-enacting any of the secret communication from the Watergate years. UrbanTurf ventured over to the back of the Webster House to get a better look at the balcony. Because a large section in the rear of the building has been cordoned off, getting a good view of the balcony is fairly difficult. In the second photo above, it is one unit from the back of the building, six floors up.
Still, the Teunissens say they’ll be sure to ask future tenants to keep a flower pot on the balcony…just in case.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/bob_woodwards_new_and_improved_watergate_apartment/4942.
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