Structure in general
- Flatiron's ornate but restrained facade is composed of stone and terra-cotta panels whose forms simulate the effects of rustication.
- Bearing the influence of architectural trends introduced at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Burnham's eye-catching design combined elements of French and Italian Renaissance architecture.
- The developer built the skyscraper as a speculative project with the intention of renting out offices to various commercial and financial enterprises which was unusual at this time.
- The building's triangular plan was a clever response to the awkward site produced by the intersection of Broadway and 5th Avenue.
- This steel-framed terra-cotta and stone-clad skyscraper represents the developers' first (and ultimately unsuccessful) attempt to create a new business center north of Wall Street.
- It replaced a trapezoid-shaped building of around 8-10 stories.
- The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
- One of the city's most famous landmarks, a postcard depicting this building is a must-have in the inventory of nearly all New York City's souvenir shops.
- Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989 for possessing national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.
- So-called because of its triangular shape, this was one of the earliest buildings to utilise a steel frame from which the exterior walls were hung, a method commonly employed around the world today.
- In the early 20th century, the building's position was blamed for generating unusual wind currents which apparently raised women's skirts and attracted voyeuristic men.
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171 5th Avenue
175 5th Avenue and Broadway
Also recorded for this building:
General contractor, Facade supplier, Window supplier, Owner
Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings
- National landmark