Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington DC

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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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  • Was just here for parking and to meet someone. Plenty of parking underneath. The food court is large and has a great variety of places. Very well-maintained. 
  • As part of a tour, we were taken here for lunch on a Saturday. I was surprised that it was open on Saturday, but there was quite a good selection of establishments and I don't think the prices were to...  read more »
  • This is a public building even though there are multiple federal agencies located within it. If you do not have a government ID you must enter the building through the 14th St. entrance. You must also...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Fairly priced. Walking through metal detectors to get back to your car is annoying.
  • Beautiful building with a lot of rooms for different type of events, huge space! The International food court is fantastic with a huge selection of food. There is security to get it, the staff is very friendly and helpful. Loved the experience!
  • The building is cool but the food court is what we want for and it wasn't the best, too normal, and sort of depressing service wasn't the best
  • If you are in downtown DC and need a place to eat other than the hotdog stands the food court here is pretty good. Just be ready to go thru security top get in.
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