World's Largest Chest of Drawers
North Carolina's High Point's nick as the "Home Furnishing Capital of
the World" has been true to its name for having been crowded with
furniture manufacturers, a Furniture Discovery Center and pier wall
bargain hunters. Imagine the battles that have formed in the city, with
big competition among other sellers, companies have been thinking of
ways to woo prospective customers on their side, including the leveling
up the best in quality and design while selling them in the most
affordable prices possible.
As the temperature of competition that has been formed among
manufacturers is continuously rising, two structures in the area seem to
have been erected not to signify competition but to mark the place’s
prosperity of the furniture business: two giant chests of drawers which
are the world’s largest chests of drawers.
The 1920s witnessed the rise of the first chest of drawers by the High
Point Chamber of Commerce: a twenty foot tall building-with-knobs which
originally served as the local "bureau of information." The chest
actually serves as a facade of a building where the home of the
humanitarian organization, the High Point Jaycees, is situated.
The two gigantic socks that dangle from a drawer symbolize "the city's
hosiery industry." The building was completely renovated and repainted
in 1996, adding up more levels, converting it into a 38-foot tall
Goddard-Townsend chest. Serving as a prototype is a real chest, and
everyone can still view it in the local visitor information center
Although not freestanding, another large chest of drawers is also
notably built in Furnitureland South. It is eighty feet tall, more than
twice the size that of High Point but its only attached to big furniture
shop. What does this indicate? That fabrication technology can lead to a
number of possibilities! Imagine how High Point would look like when
architects and designers became truly devoted to the craft that the city
has been identified with. Buildings, houses and other structures may
look like chairs, cabinets and drawers. They may look weird but they are
truly symbolical and interesting.
For those who are interested to visit the largest chest of drawers in
the world, it is located at 508 North Hamilton St., High Point, North
Carolina. If driving go North on Main Street for five miles. Cross the
railroad tracks, then in five blocks turn right onto Westwood Ave where
The Chest can be found just two blocks straight ahead, at the
intersection of Westwood and Hamilton Streets.
Admission is free and it is open on daylight hours.