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High Point Downtown Buildings - Natuzzi Ship, Showplace

High Point has a unique downtown area that is unlike other cities, filled with furniture showrooms with one of a kind architecture that is recognized by people from all over the world.

The Natuzzi ship is an eye-catching building that was made in 1986 by Mario Bellini Architects. It is a half-ship-shaped building and even includes a porthole window and a moat to add to the experience.

Another famous building in High Point is Showplace. Its postmodernism style sets it apart from other buildings that were built before its time.

Worlds Largest Chest of Drawers

The Chest was originally built in 1925 by community members and the High Point Chamber of Commerce as the “Bureau of Information.” The Chest was built downtown in Tate Park at Church and North Main in 1925 to draw attention to the city’s burgeoning furniture manufacturing industry.

The building served as Chamber offices until the early 1950’s when the Chamber donated it to the High Point Jaycees, who moved it to the present location on Hamilton St. and expanded the office space by an addition to the back.

It was Mr. Frank Sizemore’s idea to have the interior woodwork include all the woods used in furniture manufacturing so the paneling was made of such disparate woods as mahogany and cherry. The finish gives the appearance of blended woods. Local artist, Brian Davis, recently painted the Chest of Drawers to its current style.

The Big Chair

The Big Chair is a Thomasville landmark. It is a large-scale replica of a Duncan Phyfe armchair built in 1950 by Thomasville Furniture Industries.

See the chair that President Lyndon Johnson stood in to deliver a speech while he campaigned for vice president in 1960. Its 10-foot-square seat has been graced with a procession of governors, mayors, and beauty queens over the years. Admire its 30-foot-tall majesty!

Bob Timberlake Gallery & Museum

Experience a uniquely crafted building.

Home to the fine artwork of NC’s most recognized living artist, Bob Timberlake.  The Timberlake furniture line is showcased here, inspired by 18th-century artisans.

There is also an extensive collection of original paintings and limited edition reproductions. Also enjoy a number of collections featuring historical, artistic, and cultural artifacts.

To learn more, visit the website here. 

Davidson County Historical Museum

The Davidson County Historical Museum is located in the Old Courthouse on the square in Historic Uptown Lexington. The Courthouse itself is a historical treasure built in 1858.

On the National Register of Historic Places since 1971, the Old Courthouse is regarded as one of the foremost examples of temple form architecture in the Southeastern United States.

The museum offers exhibits, programs and other activities that capture the history of Davidson County through local artifacts, photographs and archival materials from growing collections.

To learn more, visit the website here. 

Expansive art collection at the North Carolina Zoo

Not only is the North Carolina Zoo the world’s largest natural habitat wildlife park, but it also has an extensive art collection that sweeps throughout the park! Across the sprawling grounds, you will find sculptures and various multi-media art pieces ranging from bronzes and textured ceramics to mosaic tiling and colorful paintings.

Take a look by visiting their website here. 

Carolina Bronze Sculpture Garden

Carolina Bronze Sculpture is the premiere bronzing foundry on the east coast, located in Seagrove NC.

Nestled into the flora of the gardens are beautiful and thought-provoking sculptures that have been acquired, donated, or loaned to the foundry. Each piece tells a story, no two alike, that evoke emotion and spark creativity within the viewer.

To learn more, visit the website here.

Alamance Arts

Through adaptive restoration, the Alamance County Arts Council has turned the 1871 Queen Anne style mansion into an art gallery and a home office for Alamance Arts.

The Sister Galleries features changing exhibits of artists of local, regional and national acclaim. Collections include Picasso’s Gift Shop showcasing gifts and crafts by North Carolina Artisans.

To learn more, visit the website here.

Richmond Hill Law School

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Richmond Hill is the family home of the honorable Richmond Mumford Pearson (1805-1878), an American Jurist who served as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1858 to 1878.

Pearson started the law school in Yadkin County in 1848 that lasted until his death. Pearson’s home, built in 1861, was fully restored in the 1970’s and is the centerpiece of the 30-acre Richmond Hill Law School and Nature Park.

Open Third Saturday of the month (April – October), 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.