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Anacostia in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The World’s Largest Chair

 
 
The World's Largest Chair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 10, 2008
1. The World's Largest Chair Marker
Inscription. Presented to Curtis Bros. for their outstanding leadership and service to the public by the 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.
 
Location. 38° 51.925′ N, 76° 59.38′ W. Marker is in Anacostia, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Martin Luther King Avenue, SE near V Street, SE, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20020, United States of America.
 
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); Mother Churches and Their Daughters (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crossing Lines (about 800 feet away); Booth's Escape (approx. 0.2 miles away); Uniontown, DC's First Suburb (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Sage of Anacostia (approx. ¼ mile away); A Museum for the Community (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anacostia.
 
More about this marker. The chair became an Anacostia
The World's Largest Chair (a.k.a. "The Big Chair"), restored. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 10, 2008
2. The World's Largest Chair (a.k.a. "The Big Chair"), restored.
Intersection of Martin Luther King Ave. and V Street, SE.
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
 
Categories. 20th CenturyCharity & Public WorkIndustry & CommerceLandmarksMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,703 times since then and 68 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.
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