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Clare Booth Luce
(April 10, 1903 – October 9, 1987)

Wardman Park Apartments, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW, Woodley Park neighborhood, DC.

A published playwright and journalist, Luce also served in the House of Representatives (R-CT). She was later named ambassador to Italy and Brazil, and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan.

Luce was a managing editor for Vanity Fair, and a writer for Life Magazine and McCall's. She wrote six plays, including Abide with Me (1935), The Women (1936), Child of the Morning (1951) and Slam the Door Softly (1970).


Watergate Apartments, 2639 I St. NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC.
Also home of Art Buchwald.

Watergate 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.

Author photo courtesy of Library of Congress.