While Washington is known for being the birthplace of power and the city of governance in the United States, there is one spot that takes this definition to a literal place.
Washington is home to one of the world’s biggest chairs (although it was recently replaced by the Broken Chair in Geneva and the temporary Writer chair on Hampstead Heath in London).
Located in Anacostia (2101 Martin Luther King Ave., SE, Washington DC), “The Big Chair” stands at 19 feet which is just as tall as Lady Freedom on top of the Capital. It was originally surveyed as part of the Smithsonian’s Save Outdoor Sculpture in 1994.
The chair is an exact replica of a Duncan Phyfe style seat. It is painted brown with a white and brown striped cushion, the base is made out of concrete with the chair constructed out of aluminum. The chair weighs between 4,000 and 4,600 pounds.
Originally built in 1959 by Virginia-based furniture maker Bassett Furniture, the concept of the chair came from Charles Curtis (of the Curtis Brothers Furniture Company) as a way to entice customers into their showroom which was originally located on the grounds where the chair currently stands.