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Foggy Bottom
— Historic DC Neighborhood
— National Register of Historic Places


Foggy Bottom in Washington DC
Yes, there really is a Foggy Bottom in Washington DC!

The historic area is located to the north of the National Mall, west of Downtown Washington DC, southeast of Georgetown, along the shore of the Potomac River.

Historic District
Considered one of Washington DC's oldest 19th century neighborhoods, this historic district is preserved and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, the Foggy Bottom residential area is also home to historic and cultural sites, such as:

  • U.S. Department of State headquarters
  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • George Washington University
  • St. Mary's Episcopal Church
    ("the little jewel" of Foggy Bottom)
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Albert Einstein Memorial
  • Watergate Complex
    (yes, the infamous Watergate
    from the Nixon Presidency)

If you have time during your next visit to Washington DC, take a self-guided walking tour of the interesting historic "Foggy Bottom" neighborhood.


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How Did "Foggy Bottom"
Get Its Name?

The low-lying area, near the Potomac River, was once home to a community of Irish and German immigrants and African-Americans who were employed at nearby industrial plants (breweries, glass plants and gas works).

The area was given the name "Foggy Bottom" because of its low proximity to the river and the fact that it was often filled with the combination of misty fog over its marshy banks and smog from the local industrial plants.




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