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Foggy Bottom

Foggy Bottom
Foggy Bottom

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Originally named for the industrial fumes and fog that got caught in the low-lying areas and marshy banks of this neighborhood, Foggy Bottom has come a far, far way from the days when its immigrant population made a living in the area's coal factory and gasworks. Now Foggy Bottom is a charming historic district better known for the world-class performance hall the Kennedy Center, and George Washington University, as well as many fine hotels and restaurants.

Foggy Bottom is next to the Potomac, west of the White House and south of Dupont Circle, and is your destination if you plan to explore any part of Rock Creek Park, whose paths originate here. The neighborhood includes many historic houses as well as simple rowhouses, and is also home to the famous (or infamous) Watergate Hotel and apartments – site of the burglaries and scandal that ultimately ended the Nixon administration -- and the National Academy of Sciences.

Foggy Bottom is also a euphemism for the U.S. Department of State, whose headquarters is here in the Harry S. Truman Building, built in 1939 originally to house the Dept. of War which had already outgrown the space before it could ever move in.

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