Friday, March 1, 2013

NRHP: Flatiron Building, New York, NY

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Flatiron Building
New York, NY
Topic: National Register of Historic Places

GPS: N40° 41.481; W073° 59.372

Short Description:

The Flatiron Building is located Fifth Avenue, Broadway, 22nd, and 23rd Streets in  Manhattan.

Long Description:

The Flatiron Building was designed by Daniel Burnham, an exponent of the Chicago school of architecture movement. The facade of Beaux-Arts style steel-framed building is made of limestone at the base and glazed terra-cotta higher up.  The building is 21 stories high and 285' tall. It is only 6.5' wide at vertex of the triangle on the 23rd Street side. The angle at this point is about 25 degrees. Construction of the building was began in 1902 and was completed in 1903. It is considered to be the oldest remaining skyscraper in New York City. It was built as the headquarters of the Fuller Construction Company. it was and originally meant to be called the Fuller Building.  It's resemblance to an old-fashioned flatiron gave it its popular name which is now the official name and the name commonly given to all buildings having a similar triangular shape.

The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1966, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

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