Washington’s Wacky Side

Where Washington - - WHRE NOW -

It may seem that the cap­i­tal is all au­gust in­sti­tu­tions and grand mar­ble ed­i­fices, but look closely and you’ll find some sur­pris­ing sights. Take, for ex­am­ple, the big chairs. There’s a 14-foot Adiron­dack on the front lawn of Ge­orge­town’s Duke Elling­ton School of the Arts

and a 19.5-foot Dun­can Phyfe replica on a street cor­ner in Ana­cos­tia

The lat­ter once reigned as the world’s largest chair. In an in­spired mar­ket­ing move, a lo­cal fur­ni­ture com­pany com­mis­sioned the piece in 1959 and then hired a model to live in a glass “house” con­structed on the seat, com­plete with a shower, bed, TV and bal­cony. She lasted 42 days be­fore re­turn­ing to earth, but the chair re­mains a lo­cal land­mark. Read on for more things weird and won­der­ful.—

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