WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)       October 19, 2004

                        GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES TRUST, INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

          Maryland                    1-31962                 20-0611663
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(State or other jurisdiction        (Commission              (IRS Employer
     of incorporation)              File Number)           Identification No.)

      10250 Regency Circle, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska            68114
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          (Address of principal executive offices)              (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code     (402) 391-0010

          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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         On October 13, 2004, Government Properties Trust, Inc. (GPT) completed
its previously announced sale of a property in Harahan, Louisiana, that is
occupied by Federal Express Corporation. GPT sold the property for $4.6 million.
The purchase price was determined through arms-length negotiations between GPT
and Exit 98 Associates - Harahan, LLC with an address of 657 Ocean Avenue, Sea
Girt, New Jersey, an unrelated party. GPT received net cash of approximately
$1.5 million, upon the assumption of a related mortgage of $3.1 million by Exit
98 Associates - Harahan, LLC.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                   GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES TRUST, INC.

Date:  October 19, 2004            By:  /s/ Nancy D. Olson
                                        Nancy D. Olson
                                        Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer