Photo by Carol M. Highsmith
The Ronald Reagan Building, by architect James Freed of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, is the country’s second largest federal building (only the Pentagon is larger). It has a classical façade of Indiana limestone but is Modern in many other ways. Its interior spaces are beautifully lit by a huge, cone-shaped skylight. The complex has many successful public spaces, particularly its asymmetrical outdoor plaza and sculpture garden.