All lines of perspective from the roof of the Kennedy Center, converge into one of Washington DC’s most prominent yet infamous addresses. The Watergate Hotel and apartment complex, built between the mid-1960’s and 70’s, has achieved checkered status, not for it’s sensuous curving lines and prime Potomac location, but for becoming the historical match point location, ushering the Nixon presidency to it’s eventual and premature end, in 1974. Presidential administrations come and go. Some leave with a flourish, some with a twist, and others forced to exit simply because the American public has had enough. John F. Kennedy departed the office as no president ever should. The decade between the Kennedy assassination, in 1963, and the Nixon resignation, encapsulated some of the most tumultuous socio-political years in American history. Civil Rights activism, Viet Nam War protests, ML King and Bobby Kennedy assassinations, and the Hippy, free love and drug subculture, yanked us by the scruff of our necks, into uncharted territory. Then, came a seemingly inconsequential burglary, at the Watergate Hotel, and American political theater stepped on to center stage. In an unusual architectural juxtaposition, the rectangular edges of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (seen left) clearly contrast with the circular lyricism of the Watergate. They both vie for preeminence and proximity, alongside the river waterfront, yet are forced to pair with each other’s creative style and innate differences. These side by side cultural and architectural icons may, in fact, hold a secret to the elusive nature of bipartisan political cooperation. Kennedy and Nixon redux, side by side and sharing. “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you...ask what you can do for your country.” JFK. Now, more than ever.