Anacostia in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The World’s Largest Chair
for their outstanding leadership
and service to the public
Basset Furniture Industries.
The chair made of solid Honduras mahogany
is 19½ feet tall and weighs 4600 pounds.
Designer: Leo M. Jiranek Builder: J.E. Bassett, Jr.
Erected 1959 by Bassett Furniture Industries.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features.
Location. 38° 51.925′ N, 76° 59.38′ W. Marker is in Anacostia in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of V Street Southeast and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Southeast, on the left when traveling west on V Street Southeast. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Big Chair (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Big Chair (a few steps from this marker); Transit and Trade A Neighborhood Oasis (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mother Churches and Their Daughters (about 600 feet away); Rose's Row (about 700 feet away); Crossing Lines (about 800 feet away); Booth's Escape (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anacostia.
More about this marker. The chair became an Anacostia landmark after its erection in 1959. It was reconstucted in aluminum and rededicated with great fanfare in 2006 as a symbol of the community's revitalization.
Also see . . . The Return of the Big Chair: A Very Big Deal. 2006 Washington Post article by Paul Schwartzman. (Submitted on February 16, 2008.)
Additional keywords. Furntiture, Retailing
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,788 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on February 17, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.