Not all of Washington, DC’s landmarks are on the Mall. In the Anacostia neighborhood the landmark is the Big Chair. Standing over 19 feet tall, this is one on the world’s largest chairs. It’s been a focal point of the neighborhood since 1959. The original chair was made of Honduran mahogany by the Bassett Furniture Company on behalf of Curtis Brothers Furniture to get people to come into their nearby store.
But time and the weather took its toll. Despite be patched and cared for, the wood just couldn’t hold up anymore and it was replaced in 2006 with one made of aluminum.
The chair reminds us that there are more than 700,000 people living in Washington’s neighborhoods. And each one of those neighborhoods has a place that it holds special. So next time you’re in Anacostia, please have a seat.