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  • Monument Name

    World’s Largest Chest of Drawers, High Point

  • Type

    Oversized Furniture

  • Subjects


  • City

    High Point

  • County


  • 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


  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.963620 , -80.008110 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "High Point, North Carolina: World's Largest Chest of Drawers,", (accessed February 23, 2022) Link

      "World's Largest Chest of Drawers - Odd-Shaped Buildings,", (accessed February 23, 2022) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Plastic over a steel frame

  • Sponsors

    High Point Chamber of Commerce

  • Monument Cost


  • 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

    "The World’s Largest Chest" is located at 508 N Hamilton St, High Point, NC 27262.

  • Relocated


  • Former Locations

    It was initially located at the corner of Main St. and Church Ave., High Point, NC.

  • 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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