Un/common Places

The "Deep Throat" Parking Garage

Deep Throat Parking Garage
Built in 1964, Rosslyn’s Oakhill Office Building towers over what may arguably be Arlington’s most enigmatic Uncommon Place: parking space 32D. It is just a chunk of pavement, about 150 square feet in area, and currently made special only by a "temporary" historical marker of paper attached to a concrete pillar with clear packing tape. But read the following, reprinted from the Rosslyn Magazine, Spring 2006, Vol. 1 Issue 1:
"There’s not a plaque at the garage entrance — yet. The garage is inconspicuous at best, hidden behind a gray-bricked wall under the commercial office building at 1401 Wilson Blvd., off N. Nash Street. (pictured at right).  But it holds a unique place in American history.
In a dark quiet corner, slot 32D is the space where, in 1972 and 1973, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward would meet at two in the morning with "Deep Throat," his secret source on the Watergate break–in. The information "Deep Throat" passed on to Woodward here in Rosslyn led to the Watergate hearings and the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.
In the summer of 2005, an aging former FBI official, Mark Felt, identified himself as "Deep Throat." This led to days of intense speculation by the news media — and many Rosslynites — as to the identification of the garage. Finally, the following week, Woodward revealed his long-held secret. For a couple of weeks that summer, slot 32D was swarming with reporters and news cameras."
Indeed, 32D occupies a dark corner in the lower level of the garage and is adjacent to an exit door that leads up a secluded stairwell and then onto the street, making it easy for Deep Throat to slip away safely after each rendezvous. No clandestine meetings ---that we know of--- happen there nowadays. Could the cigarette butts on the garage floor mean something more than just an innocent smoke?  Park in 32D and it is just another place to leave your car. But ponder, if you will, just how many other ordinary places might hold such secrets? 
(Thanks to the Rosslyn Renaissance for permission to reprint their article.)