Since I not only love running, but also exploring new areas, I decided to venture to Anacostia one day. Typically regarded as a not-so-safe neighborhood by many, I was a bit apprehensive, but decided that a quick daytime run would be fine. I am so glad I went because I was so pleasantly surprised by the amount of history and charm I felt around me.
As I was walking around, I stumbled across a big chair near a shopping strip which seemed rather odd to me. I decided to do a bit more research.
Here’s the story: The original chair was built for a furniture company in 1959 as a promotional ploy to lure in customers. The company took it one step further and one year later built a glass home which was placed atop the seat. A young lady named Rebecca Kirby got paid to read, sleep, watch TV, and occasionally step outside her balcony to wave to the crowds. She was there for six weeks until she got “groundsick.” Whoa!
At one point, it was one of the biggest chairs in the world, but it has been overtaken by others since then.
Though I don’t venture to this spot often, I’d highly recommend a trip to this neighborhood to visit the chair and neighborhood. More likely than not, you will likely stumble across some other hidden gems!