About Curtis Homes
The Curtis Companies have been in the commercial business and residential home building since 1926. This website is dedicated solely to our residential home building. Since the 1950′s, Curtis Homes has been building homes in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland. Today we are focused on building homes in Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties. We’ve selected these areas because of the high employment, great schools, shopping, first responders and family oriented. We consider ourselves to be a semi-custom home builder because we’ll customize your home to your liking. We are very flexible to our customers needs, including financing. We’re hands-on and decisions are made in the field, not in the office.
The Curtis Family business began with an ice and coal hauling company, founded by George Curtis, Sr. Soon after, the first Curtis Brothers Furniture store was opened in the heart of Anacostia, in the building now known as the Anacostia Professional Building. The success of that first store led to a chain of furniture stores, which then grew to be the largest single furniture retailer in the United States.
This success also created a need for retail space and warehouses, which is how they evolved into a real estate business. Eventually, the company transitioned to focus entirely on its real estate ventures. That transition led to the company that exists today – the Curtis Investment Group. The traits that served us so well in the beginnings remain today: attention to detail and focus on customers.
The Big Chair
The giant chair, made of solid mahogany from Honduras, was a gift from Bassett Furniture Industries, to honor the Curtis brothers’ outstanding leadership and service to the public. The chair was dedicated on the site at V Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE on July 7, 1959. Recently restored to its original splendor, the chair stands 19.5 feet tall and weighs 4,600 pounds. It remains a testament to good craftsmanship of days gone by. The Curtis Brothers Furniture store is no longer there, but this treasured landmark has delighted visitors for decades. To learn more about the history of the Big Chair, click here.