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  • Monument Name

    World’s Largest Chest of Drawers, High Point

  • Type

    Oversized Furniture

  • Subjects

    Industry

  • Creator

    Sid Lenger, Designer

  • City

    High Point

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    The World’s Largest Chest of Drawers pays tribute to High Point’s furniture industry. It was originally built in 1926 and later remodeled in 1996 at a cost of $100,000. The attached building behind the drawers serves as office space, formerly home to the High Point Jaycees. The socks hanging from the middle drawer serve as symbols of the city’s hosiery industry. The chest is 40 feet tall, and the socks are 6 feet tall. The original chest stood 32 feet tall, 14 feet deep, and 27 feet wide. The original 1926 bureau contained an inscription of the names of the local men serving overseas in the military.

  • Custodian

    Current owner of the building, Bureau Properties, LLC

  • Dedication Date

    1926

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.963620 , -80.008110 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Chest of Drawers," Ohio Barns, (accessed June 5, 2014) Link

      "Giant Furniture," Roadside Architecture, (accessed June 5, 2014) Link

      "World's Largest Chest of Drawers," Roadside America, (accessed June 5, 2014) Link

      "World's Largest Chest of Drawers," Waymarking.com, (accessed June 5, 2014) Link

      Able, Aaron. "World's Largest Chest of Drawers," Apartment Therapy, April 19, 2010, (accessed June 5, 2014) Link

      Combs, Heath E. “H.P. Council Plans 2nd Hearing,” Furniture Today, November 30, 2009, (accessed June 5, 2014) Link

      High Point Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, "High Point's Hidden Treasures," (accessed June 5, 2014) Link

      Jones, Melissa. Superlatives USA: The Largest, Smallest, Longest, Shortest, and Wackiest Sites in America, (Herndon, VA: Capital Books, 2005), 99 Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Plastic over a steel frame

  • Sponsors

    High Point Chamber of Commerce

  • Monument Cost

    $100,000

  • Nickname

    "Big Dresser," "Bureau of Information"

  • Subject Notes

    The Chest of Drawers was remodeled in 1996 into the Queen Anne style chest that exists today. The remodeled version was designed by Sid Lenger.

  • Location

    Located at 508 North Hamilton St. at the intersection of Hamilton and Westwood

  • Former Locations

    Tate Park, at the corner of Main St. and Church Ave.

  • Post Dedication Use

    The attached building has served as office space for several tenants throughout the years, including the High Point Jaycees. Additionally, private owners use the space for events such as banquets and meetings.

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