Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative Headquarters / Busboys & Poets
(2004 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE)
Images courtesy of Google Street View and HAPS
Once a household name for furniture in Washington, DC, Curtis Brothers also became known for creating the landmark Big Chair in Anacostia. Curtis Brothers' flagship furniture store, an art deco building located along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, is now the headquarters of the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, a community-based non-profit organization. The building is also home to Anacostia's newest sit-down restaurant, Busboys and Poets.
HAPS worked with the Collaborative and its architect to ensure that the story of the historic building's past would be preserved, while also incorporating modern architecture that would complement the existing structure and make it functional for the Collaborative headquarters and restaurant it would house.