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Art Buchwald
(October 20, 1925 – January 17, 2007)

The Watergate, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC.

A syndicated columnist who published over 30 books of humor and political satire, Buchwald also published two memoirs, Too Soon to Say Goodbye (2006) and I’ll Always Have Paris (1996), two novels, A Gift From the Boys (1958), later made into the movie Surprise Package (1960) starring Yul Brynner and Noel Coward, and The Bollo Caper (1974), adapted into a 1985 television movie, as well as the play, Sheep on the Runway (1970), which had a Broadway run. Buchwald successfully sued Paramount Pictures for theft of his screen treatment for the 1988 Eddie Murphy blockbuster Coming to America.

Buchwald lived in DC from 1962 until the end of his life. He served in the Marine Corps during WWII. At his height, his column appeared in over 550 newspapers throughout the US. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Outstanding Commentary in 1982, and was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1986.


Also home of Clare Booth Luce.


Architect: Luigi Moretti, Società Generale Immobiliare. Year: 1971
The Watergate complex was designed as DC’s first mixed-used development, with offices, a hotel, and three separate apartment buildings rising to 14 stories. A “city within a city,” the complex also included a health club, restaurants, a shopping mall, medical offices, a grocery, and a post office. With its distinctive curves, this was one of the first computer-assisted-design (CAD) architectural projects in the US.