In The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward writes that when Deep Throat (Mark Felt) wanted to meet with him about the Watergate scandal, Felt 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 apartment (#617) at 1718 P Street NW in Dupont Circle, which just recently hit the market.
Woodward’s former studio at the Webster House measures out to 500 square feet, and is apparently not in quite as good a shape as when Woodward lived there (it is now a shell in need of work). The listing description erroneously reads that the “property at one time belonged to Mark Felt aka ‘Deep Throat’ and was the condo where he would move a flower pot to signal a meeting with Bob Woodward.” Kudos to UrbanTurf reader Kelly McKeever who saw the mistake and did some of her own reporting.
“Something about that didn’t feel sound right, so I double checked the story,” McKeever said. “Indeed, Bob Woodward clearly stated that he lived at 1718 P Street and would place a flower pot in the window to indicate he wanted a meeting with Deep Throat.”
If you want to own a piece of DC history and have some time to do work on a place, Bob Woodward’s old studio is available for $215,000.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/bob_woodwards_watergate_era_apartment_hits_the_market/3375.
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