Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington DC

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Architectural Building Convention Center
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, named after former United States President Ronald Reagan, is the first federal building in Washington, D.C. designed for both governmental and private sector purposes.Each of the organizations located in the Pennsylvania Avenue building are dedicated to international trade and globalization. Organizations headquartered in this building include the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The first private sector lease was signed with investment banking firm Quarterdeck Investment Partners, Inc. The building hosts conferences, trade shows, cultural events, and outdoor concerts. Post-9/11, security requirements for high-profile federal buildings have limited the amount of public/private access anticipated by the center's designers.HistoryContextThe building is located near the Federal Triangle Station in Washington, D.C., an area once populated heavily with saloons and brothels. The federal government purchased the land in the 1920s, and it was to be part of the Federal Triangle redevelopment of the late 1920s and 1930s. Until development on the current building began, the area known as the "Great Plaza" was used as a massive downtown parking lot.
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TripAdvisor
  • I expected a range of food from all around the world. Sure, there is some of that, but not much. There is Subway and a bunch of other American food. Once you make your way through the crowds to order ...  more »
  • We stumbled across this gem of a building because my friend hadn't yet had her morning coffee. When we got off at the Metro stop for Federal Triangle, we had another destination in mind. However, we s...  more »
  • My son and I ate here twice, once on our school trip last year and once on our return visit to DC this spring break. On our school trip, we got here at lunch time and there were so many school groups ...  more »
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  • This is a multipurpose complex that markets itself by providing economic, educational, financial, special events, tourist and entertainment venues. VIPs and multicultural leaders convene for historic summits, training, lectures, expos and conferences. Easily accessible either above or below ground to the Federal Triangle Metro stop. Underground parking is available, but beware of small tight spaces. Buses arrive daily with tourists and students ready to enjoy the food court. So arrive early to avoid the lines. Concierge desks are positioned at main entrances. Historic exhibits are every where. Some come to simple enjoy the architecture. Definitely worth a trip if you want something different to do.
  • Great place to park if you are visiting the National Mall or any part of DC. Just be prepared to go thru security! It's not a big deal, but could catch you off guard if you aren't expecting it! The best part of this building is the bathrooms! There are plenty of them and they are very clean!
  • Great place to park at weekend, but you are subject to search when you drive in and ALSO when you trying to walk back in the building to retrieve your car. But if you don't have anything to hide and don't mind the line up. its a good deal.
  • Half of the restaurants are really good like California Tortilla and the coffee shop. The rest of it is just sandwich places and imitation Chinese food restaurants. The building by Metro Center has a better choice of restaurants inside National Place.
  • Seems like a great place to host a conference. The architecture is great inside and out and it's always very clean and bright. Plenty of food options too.