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HBO’s “White House Plumbers” Series Films in Downtown DC

'70s-era cars littered the streets and a Nixon campaign headquarters was recreated

The outside of a Peet's Coffee at 17th and Pennsylvania streets, in Northwest DC, on September 26, 2021, gets a 1970's remake for the filming of "White House Plumbers." Photo courtesy of Brian Noyes.

Many walking near the White House Friday noticed an incongruous sign at 17th and Penn: “President Nixon campaign headquarters.”

Turns out HBO’s White House Plumbers docuseries—which follows the story of the Nixon cronies behind Watergate—is filming in town and turned a portion of DC around the Eisenhower Executive Office Building into a recreation of 1972. Here’s what some people have seen over the past few days.

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Jane Recker
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Jane is a Chicago transplant who now calls Cleveland Park her home. Before joining Washingtonian, she wrote for Smithsonian Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and opera.