President Reagan was not only the first guest to enter the newly completed Century Plaza Tower in 1984, but he stayed in this magnificent 360-degree view suite encompassing the entire 32nd floor of the Tower with such frequency that it was dubbed the "Western White House" by the media. In 1999, the Suite was remodeled and christened the "Ronald Reagan Suite", an opening attended by Nancy Reagan and extensive media coverage. We had the honor of developing the strategy for this project for the hotel, St. Regis at the time, and producing the exhibits chronicling the President life and relate publications.
President Reagan poses for Life photographer Harry Benson on the balcony of the future Ronald Reagan Suite • August 28, 1987
digitally mastered from collection of the Ronald Reagan Library
Photograph by Pete Souza