The Big Chair Washington DC

Image by Kristen Sotzing

The Big Chair – A really big chair

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!

Offline Washington DC tips? Get our iPhone / Android app!

Full Washington DC map?
See spots nearby?

Get our 100% offline app now!

For just $3.99

Details about this spot



2101 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington DC

Opening Times

24 hours daily


Winter in Antwerp
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)