Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington DC

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Architectural Building
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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  • Tight security at all these buildingsā€¦ allow extra time to get into this building. Really the only reason why we were here... was to use their food court in the bottom level. With our tour we ended up...  more »
  • Capital Steps comedy show is in this building. What a great performance. My abs hurt from laughing so hard. Very large building. Several activities and events take place. If you like comedy theater ch...  more »
  • We visited this building to see the comedy presentation called Capital Steps. It was very funny is is based on the happenings of the day in DC and around the world. It lasts about 1 1/2 to 2 hours inc...  more »
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  • The security force was very proficient at there job. I was at the end of a long line due to the crowed leaving the new African American museum a couple of blocks down. I have to say we were processed fast and they were very thorough. If you come to this location for parking or any event i highly suggest that you patron the food court. They have tons of great choices!
  • This is primarily about the after-hours parking garage. It's massive so I don't think it fills up too bad, and pricing is normal for the area. If you've got something to go to at one of the theaters or something else nearby, it's a solid choice for parking. Do expect your car to be searched a little bit on the way in though as this is a Federal building.
  • Took over an hour to leave- car nearly overheated being stuck on the parking ramp. Besides navigating the hour long bumper to bumper standstill, that is the norm. We we charged double for our parking time, and the parking manager told us to just "Trust him", that he would fix our bill; however he took down zero info, so the over charges stuck. Had to call main offices to fix bill. Wait!!! Leftout all the time spent standing in line to pass through a security TSA like metal detector line. Of course finding a place to park is an endless hassle. Seems fairly safe. So 2 -STARS It takes me 2 hours to drive from Jersey to D.C., and it can take more than two hours to deal with all the BS of making the mistake of parking here.
  • I visited Washington DC for the first time in the 80's. I asked a security guard for a good place to eat. He directed me and my friend to the Reagan Center food court. Every visit since, The Reagan Center food court has been the main place where I've done lunch and dinner while in DC. There are many restaurants covering everything: chicken, pizza, subs, Italian, Greek, etc... It is not expensive. There is plenty of seating. If you are in a group, everyone can separate and choose whatever they like. I haven't had any business to do in the center. I just go there to use the food court.
  • Beautiful building with great security. Everything you need is inside