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It's curtains for an unassuming building in the middle of the Pentagon's central courtyard that stars in an amusing, if apocryphal, bit of Cold War lore.

http://www.sitnews.us/0906news/092306/092306_shns_washcall.html

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It's curtains for an unassuming building in the middle of the Pentagon's central courtyard that stars in an amusing, if apocryphal, bit of Cold War lore.

http://www.sitnews.us/0906news/092306/092306_shns_washcall.html

well, at least it's not going away entirely (depending on how you look at the concept of "going away"):

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Now, work has begun to tear the building down. In its spot will rise a $1.2 million eatery with seating for 50 and a catering service for office gatherings.
Funny, though I knew it was the "Ground Zero Cafe" when I was there, I had never heard of the actual structure being mistaken for anything of military value. The name itself made intuitive sense, as the Pentagon would obviously be targeted and the cafe was in the geometric center of the structure (not to mention that it would've been a trivial matter for the Soviets to confirm what the place was, as it was featured in the Pentagon tours before they were closed to the general public after 9/11).

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Been there, and everyone unoffically called it Ground zero. I mean what else would you call it? The soviets knew what it was too, just a place to eat.
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Pentagon tours didn't start until 1976, leaving plenty of time for the Soviets to be in the dark as to what it was...

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GZ has actually been "out of business" for a few years. It has just taken "military time" to getting it torn down/renovated.

Purple water fountain was in the basement and very tough to find. It has since been moved from original spot during renovations and is in a "memorial" type case near one of the basement conference rooms - still tough to find, but not quite as tough.

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