Ronald Reagan Building

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Ronald Reagan Building


1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004




Federal Triangle








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. It is the second largest government building in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

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. However, following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, security requirements for high-profile federal buildings have limited the extent of the public/private access anticipated by the center's designers.

Capital Steps Stage Show:  Capitol Steps is a troupe of current and former Congressional staffers who satirize the very people and places that once employed them.  They monitor events and personalities on Capitol Hill, in the Oval Office and other centers of power, and take a humorous look at significant issues, providing laughs for millions. Celebrating over 30 years of performances, Capitol Steps has become a Washington, DC institution for providing a tasteful blend of musical and political comedy. Year-round, the Capitol Steps perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights in the Amphitheater.

With the city's largest parking garage, information center, and a metro rail station, the building is visited by over one million tourists each year.