A Really Big Chair

Posted: February 12, 2014 in Artwork, Roadside Attractions
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The Really Big Chair in Anacostia

One of my bike rides took me to the Anacostia neighborhood in southeast D.C. to see what at one time held the record for the world’s biggest chair. This Duncan Phyfe-style chair is 19 1/2 feet tall and weighs 4,600 pounds, and was originally made of real mahogany. It was created by the Virginia-based Bassett Furniture Company for Curtis Brothers Furniture as a promotional ploy to draw customers to the family’s furniture showroom.  It is located at the corner of Martin Luther King Avenue and V Street (MAP) in the Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast D.C.  It lost the world record when The Bassett Furniture Company constructed a 20 ft. mission style chair in 2002 to appear at its stores across the country. I have included this roadside attraction in this blog to remind people that D.C. is much more than monuments and memorials.  There are many worthwhile sights off the beaten path. Some are unusual and whimsical, while others are more serious and contemplative. I encourage you to seek them out because all are essential ingredients in the recipe that gives D.C. its unique flavor. 

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