The Spring Valley neighborhood next to American University is built on top of a World War I-era chemical weapons experiment station.
Cold War tensions escalated on August 12th, 1961 as Communist soldiers sealed off West Berlin with barbed wire barricades. In Washington, construction of a different sort was also underway that day, as the White House Signal Agency moved forward with a top secret communications facility in Tenleytown.
The Cuban Embassy on 16th Street has found itself at the front line of our foreign relations with the island nation. During the Cold War it was the site of repeated acts of anti-Castro terrorism, and with the recent easing of tensions, and new mixological addition has welcomed in the new relationship.