Watergate, the building, starts renovation process

The Watergate Office Building, known best for the 1972 break-in on its 6th floor that led to the resignation of President Nixon. 40 years after the scandal, the building is about to be renovated. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The stunning view of the Potomac River is seen from the 11th floor of the Watergate office building. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Here's the view from the 6th floor of the Watergate of the former Howard Johnson's hotel across Virginia Avenue, where Nixon's burglars stayed. The hotel is now a George Washington University dorm. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The 6th floor suite of offices at the Watergate that once housed DNC headquarters, was turned into a temporary art gallery Monday night during a special 40th anniversary commemoration organized by Washington Post Live. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The 6th floor of the building where the famous break-in took place looks like any other office building. There's talk that there was once a plaque on this floor commemorating its history, but the new owners of the building did not find any plaque. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Real estate company Penzance, which now owns the Watergate office building, is renovating it beginning this week. Here's what it will look like on the outside. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
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Michelle Basch, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – The crime that happened within its walls led to the first and only resignation of a U.S. President: Richard Nixon.

Forty years after the Watergate scandal, the office building of the same name is headed for a renovation starting this week.

“The vision is to return the building to its glory. It’s a work of art,” says Matt Pacinelli, senior vice president of leasing at Penzance. The real estate company bought the building in November 2011.

The 11-story building, one of five in the complex, dates to 1967.

Pacinelli says changes to the building’s fa

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