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Want to Live in the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers? It Can Be Yours for $235,000

Always wanted to live or work in a giant dresser? Now’s your chance!

The World’s Largest Chest of Drawers today (photo courtesy Carol Milligan, the current ower)

If you were intrigued by the prospect of owning Newark, Ohio’s World’s Biggest Picnic Basket last year, but didn’t have the $5 million asking price, you’re in luck! The “World’s Largest Chest of Drawers” in High Point, North Carolina is up for sale, together with two adjacent lots, for a mere $235,000.

According to Roadside America, the original, 20-foot-tall chest of drawers was built in the 1920s and known as the “Bureau of Information.” Since then, it has been completely remodeled, eventually morphing into the taller Goddard-Townsend style chest it remains today. Two giant socks were also installed, hanging from a middle drawer.

World’s Largest Chest of Drawers in High Point, NC, in 2009 (photo by Cmalaspina, via Wikimedia Commons)

Although the building appears completely random and out of place, it succeeds in drawing attention to High Point’s historic furniture-building and hosiery industries. High Point, once the “furniture capital of the world,” now has far fewer manufacturing jobs, but it still hosts the semi-annual High Point Market, a major event attracting international furniture-makers (Furniture Today calls it “Fashion Week for home furnishings“).

The building has previously been used as a furniture showroom, event venue, and storage space. According to the Triad Business Journal, the current owners bought the property in 2015, and their son sometimes used it as as a music studio where he gave guitar lessons. The article goes on to say that potential buyers have shown interest in converting the building into a coffee shop or a private home.

Interior view of the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers (photo courtesy Carol Milligan)
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