The U.S. News and World Report Headquarters is part of a building group designed to create a “sense of place” at the northern section of the West End. Developed by Mortimer Zuckerman of Boston Properties, who is also owner of U.S. News and World Report,
The buildings' more distinctive features are the large hemicycles at the corners of the two office buildings. They provide an “entrance” to this project and to the rebuilt West End from the north. The materials, precast concrete bands and deep red brick facing, were intended to act as a transition from gray Federal Washington to the red brick town houses of Georgetown. A four-story atrium gives a sense of transparency to the main facade of the magazine's building.