Isaac Newton Square
Reston Industrial Center. Photographer Arvil Daniels. No date.
Monkey House bulldozed by Eugenia E. Gratto in The Connection. In 1989, researchers at Hazleton Research Products discovered that a shipment of over 100 monkeys from the Philippines were carriers of the Zairian Ebola virus. It turned out the monkeys carried a strain not fatal to humans but authorities did not immediately release information about the incident which inspired the book Hot Zone and a movie called Outbreak
Shortly after Simon purchased the porperty to build Reston, Arthur D. Little, Inc. an economic consulting firm, was engaged to evaluate the site's industrial potential. Their results were positive and helped lay the foundation for the planning of the 914 acres designated in the Reston Master Plan for the industry. Under the supervision of James M. Rice Associates, industrial development consultants to Reston, a plan evolved. A part of this plan was a 300,000 square foot building in the shape of a hollow square for multiple occupancies. Approximately 49 acres, this was Reston’s first industrial center. Businesses moved in as early as 1964 Over the years, this complex housed Reston’s first post office, Gulf Reston headquarters and the Reston Home Owner’s Association (known today as Reston Association) offices. Starting in 2019, plans began to turn Isaac Newton Square into a mixed-use development.