Venue Insights: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

One and a half times bigger than the Empire State Building’s interior, and currently the largest structure in DC, The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB) has a variety of spaces for events of all sizes and types. Since the building opened in 1998, The Webster Group has planned and implemented dozens of events there, including the International Center for Journalists annual gala, DC Central Kitchen’s “Capital Food Fight,” the Chesapeake Crescent Initiative’s annual meetings and many more.

The RRB has over 65,000 square feet of event space, and can host a meeting for 10, a wedding for 250 and a reception for 1,000+ all in the same day.

The RRB has an executive chef and full culinary team in-house, along with all tables, chairs, podiums, staging, flatware, glassware, as well as audio/visual equipment. Many of the staff at the RRB have been there since the building opened.

Many of the event spaces throughout the building have natural light, which is harder to find than you’d think in DC! Two of their capstone event spaces are the Atrium and the Pavilion. The Atrium has a 125’ glass ceiling, terrazzo marble and granite floor and a grand staircase with a landing that serves as a perfect built-in stage. The rental of this space includes the Oculus, a circular balcony overlooking the Atrium, many times used as a VIP area – a perfect place to see and be seen! The Atrium space can seat over 800 banquet-style, or host over 1,300 reception-style. The Pavilion, located on the second floor of the building is a private space for guests. Once you step off the elevators, you are greeted by a large foyer space with dedicated restrooms and light wood décor which is a perfect backdrop for lighting and décor. The Pavilion room itself can seat over 250 guests banquet-style, or accommodate over 400 reception-style. It’s a true favorite for weddings in DC – but is a beautiful and unique space for meetings and galas alike.

Finally, the RRB offers easy and convenient access for guests. It’s centrally located near the National Mall and the White House, features an on-site Metro access point to the Federal Triangle Metro Station (orange/blue/silver lines) and has a 2,000 space parking garage open 24-hours a day.

Once a parking lot in the middle of downtown, the RRB has become a popular and established DC event space.

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International Center for Journalists Awards Gala
Chefs Battle on Stage at the DC Central Kitchen Capital Food Fight
Guests watch the DC Central Kitchen Capital Food Fight from the Oculus