A replica of Wadlow’s chair stands beside his statue in Alton.
Site: Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man
Location: 1513 Washington Ave., Alton, IL
Hours: Daylight Hours
Costs: Free to See
Date: July 15, 2007
“In November 1939, Robert Wadlow visited Virginia on an advertising campaign. Mr. C.L. Smith, President of Galax Furniture Company, saw Robert and was so taken with the apparent discomfort he experiences when sitting in a chair of normal size that he decided to build a chair to accommodate Robert’s unusual frame. The exposed parts of the original chair were made of solid black walnut with the exception of the black posts, which were made of Southern Red Gum. Eleven yards of wine-colored brocatelle were used for the covering. This chair was used by Robert in his home until his death. At that time, the chair was given to Franklin Masonic Lodge in upper Alton, where it remains on display.”