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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  • I was looking for a place to park for a few hours on a Saturday while I took my children to the National Mall. I researched a lot of places and narrowed it down to here or Union Station. I chose this ...  more »
  • While waiting in line to see the New African American History and Culture Museum. I craved a cup of coffee. Looked around for a Vender but found none had what I desired. A Museum Security Guard inform...  more »
  • We've parked here several times now and it's easy to get to everywhere we want to go in the area. It's conveniently close to the White House and to the National Mall. If we have a large group it's som...  more »
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  • Attended the innovation expo. Really nice place to host the event. Parking was superb with security and free valet. Parking for the day was $25. A lot of shops for coffee and food as well.
  • 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.
  • Nice space. Attended a Salesforce conference that utilized dozens of rooms and getting around was a bit of a confusing maze. Catering was top notch, but not sure if that was tied to the venue. Another small compliant: with security screening so close to the entrance, when a line forms most folks are stuck waiting outside in the elements.
  • 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!
  • 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.

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