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Flatiron Building

Identification

Flatiron Building
Fuller Building
114793

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
limestone
terra-cotta
applied masonry
beaux-arts / historism

Usage

commercial office
service branch(es)

Facts

  • 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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Location

171-185 5th Avenue
941-957 Broadway
175 5th Avenue and Broadway
10010
U.S.A.

Technical Data

285.01 ft
285.01 ft
285.01 ft
21
1902
1991

Involved Companies

Architect:

Also recorded for this building:

facade supplier, general contractor, owner, window supplier

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • National landmark