Flatiron Building, New York City

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    Building Architecture

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 20, 2007

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    A number of the most impressive buildings in the US are located here. Some have been around since turn of the century, and others recnet additions. The architecture is to admire and wonder how they were able to design usefulness and functinality at the same time. Maybe not all did. The Flatiron is one of the most impressive architecturally. Built in 1903, it is 6 feet wide at narrow point, and built this way because that is the way the lot was when purchased. The decor is called Beaux art style. It is called flatiron because of the shape/design looking like and iron.

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    The Flatiron Building

    by Paul2001 Updated Nov 8, 2007

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    The Flatiron Building

    The Flatiron Building is one the most significant images of the New York. This is a slender triangular building built in 1902 after a design by Daniel Burnham. That fact makes it one of the earliest skyscrapers. The building took its shape because of the nature of the plot of land that was set aside for its construction. For it's triangular shape the building earned its name, "the Flatiron Building". It was in fact originally named the Fuller Building.
    At it's narrowest point the building is just six feet wide. It was so narrow that the New Yorkers used to call it "Burnham's Folly" for they believed that the tower would fall over. Over 100 years later, it is still standing.
    The Flatiron Building is 21 stories high. It is not really open to the public as it remains an office tower.

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    Flatiron Building

    by traveloturc Written Aug 3, 2007
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    One of the oldest and interesting skyscrapers in New York, triangular shape.
    Originally named Fuller building, after the firm who built it; They later moved to the Fuller building in Midtown.Build in 1901-1902 with 93 m of height and 21 floor.

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    Unique Building Dominates District

    by Mikebb Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    The Beautiful Flatiron Building

    The Flatiron Building will immediately attract your attention due to its unusual shape and beautiful workmanship, it stands out like a beacon when you visit Madison Square Park. Once the world's tallest building (1903) it still remains one of the most viewed buildings in New York City. It was one of the first buildings to be built using a steel frame and its Italian Renaissance decoration is mostly in terra cotta.

    The building has the district named after it "Flatiron District".

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    by martin_nl Written Apr 15, 2007
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    Just south of Madison Square Park you'll find the Flatiron building, a gorgeous piece of architecture. It was built in 1902 and is a 20-story tall building designed by Daniel Burnham. The tip of the building, which is best viewed from the little 'island' between Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street, is particularly narrow.

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    by Leelawadee Updated Apr 21, 2006

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    The Flatiron Building is a favorite of New Yorkers and admirers around the world. The Flatiron's most interesting feature is its shape -- a slender hull plowing up the streets of commerce. The apex of the building is just six feet wide.

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    by PetraG Written Mar 7, 2006

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    Flatiron Building

    The Flatiron Building was constructed between 1901 and 1903 at the intersection of Broadway and 5th Avenue, at the time one of the most prominent sites. It is located near Madison Square at the end of the Ladies Mile, one of Manhattan's most important shopping districts at the turn of the 19th century.
    The Flatiron Building was designed by Chicago's Daniel Burnham as a steel-frame skyscraper clad in white terra-cotta. At 21 stories and 307 ft (93 meter), it was one of the city's tallest buildings. It was not - as is often incorrectly thought - the tallest building in the world or even the tallest building in New York (these titles belonged to the Park Row building, built in 1899), but its singular shape and prominent location soon made it one of New York City's most famous landmarks. It probably featured on more postcards than any other contemporary building. Even the whole area, the Flatiron district, was named after the building. Originally the Flatiron building featured an observatory on the top floor, but taller buildings have taken over this function. It is still however a tourist attractions, and one of the most photographed landmarks in New York.
    Built as the headquarters of the Fuller Construction company, the skyscraper was meant to be named Fuller Building. But the building was soon dubbed 'Flatiron' after its unusual shape, caused by the triangular plot. Even though the plot is a right triangle while a clothing iron is an isosceles triangle, the name stuck and the building was officially renamed Flatiron Building. The Fuller company built another Fuller Building in 1929.
    The Flatiron Building was given another nickname: 'Burnham's Folly'. Many people at the time thought Daniel Burnham's triangular design combined with the building's exceptional height would not withstand strong winds. Some were even speculating how far the building's debris would spread after falling over. Well, as I was visiting NYC, it was still standing...

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    by dejavu2gb Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    The Flatiron Building has famously been featured in many movies and is seen on numerous TV programmes. Its also famous for once being the world's tallest building (285 feet) until 1909 when it was overtaken by the nearby Metropolitan Life Building.

    Apologies for the poor picture quality, it was a very very rainy day. The front of the building is also covered in Mesh as they are doing some refurbishments.

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    by Pomska Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    The Flatiron Building is 285 feet (87 meters) tall and it is considered as an oldest skyscraper in NYC. It was built in 1902.

    I read somewhere about the building's intresting history. It has been said that the building created unusual eddies in the wind which caused women's skirts to fly as they walked on 23rd street. Of course that has attracted young men who have gathered to view a peak of that spectacle. :-)

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    by mrclay2000 Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    Flatiron Building, center (left)

    When finished in the first decade of the 20th century, the Flatiron Building was the tallest skyscraper in the world. Imagine what New York City was like when construction ended. A view from the Flatiron roof beheld nothing taller downtown but the high steeples of Trinity Church and St Paul's Chapel. At 300 feet above the street level, the view stretched amply over Madison Square Park and likewise saw nothing taller rise uptown. Buggies and horses rather than automobiles filled the lanes below. Today the structure's uniqueness lies in its design rather than height, made to squeeze into an odd space between Broadway and Fifth Avenues. Today other towers around the square happily look down upon the pleasant triangular building, whose apex aims northward as if pointing at the Empire State Building ten blocks away, four times taller than the Flatiron and now the city's tallest.

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    by 1W1V Written Jul 20, 2005
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    Not well known among those not from the area, or not into historic architecture, the Flatiron Building is a favorite of New Yorkers and admirers around the world. Perhaps because it symbolizes so much of how New Yorkers see themselves -- Defiant, bold, sophisticated, and interesting. With just enough embedded grime and soot to highlight its details. The Flatiron's most interesting feature is its shape -- a slender hull plowing up the streets of commerce as the bow off a great ocean liner plows through the waves of its domain. The apex of the building is just six feet wide, and expands into a limestone wedge adorned with Gothic and Renaissance details of Greek faces and terra cotta flowers. The building has two claims to fame -- one architectural, the other cultural. Some consider the Flatiron Building to be New York City's first skyscraper. It certainly was one of the first buildings in the city to employ a steel frame to hold up its 285-foot tall facade, but not the first. Some felt its shape (like a flatiron) was less artistic and more dangerous. They thought it would fall over, and during construction the Flatiron Building was nicknamed "Burnham's Folly." The building's cultural legacy is a little more interesting and has passed into the local social consciousness as a fable. It is said that the building created unusual eddies in the wind which would cause women's skirts to fly around as they walked on 23rd street. This attracted throngs of young men who gathered to view the barelegged spectacle. Police would try to disperse these knots of heavy-breathers by calling to them, "23 Skidoo." This phrase has passed out of common usage, but its descendant, the word "scram" remains in a back corner of the American lexicon.
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    What a unique building

    by spgood301 Written Apr 18, 2005

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    Flatiron Building

    It's the Flatiron Building, called that because it's in the Flatiron District. It's sort of "wedged in" where 5th Avenue and Broadway meet, hence it's unique shape.

    Cross 23rd Street and you're in Madison Square Park. Union Square Park is just a little further downtown. Chelsea's not too far from here either.

    A signature NYC building, in a pretty cool NYC neighborhood

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    Flatiron Building

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 27, 2005
    Can you find the Flatiron Building?

    We didn't make it to the Flatiron Building on this trip but we did see it from top of the Empire state building.

    We have added it to our iternary for this trip.
    Can you find the Flatiron building in this picture?

    Also known as the Fuller Building.
    the Flatiron Building is a favorite of New Yorkers and admirers around the world.
    Built in 1902, it was considered the first skyscraper.

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    by Dabs Written Jan 16, 2005

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    Flatiron Building

    Originally called the Fuller Building after the first occupant, the Fuller Construction Company, the triangular shape resembling a flat iron gave the building its nickname which stuck. The unusual shape was necessary to conform to a triangular piece of land at Broadway and 5th Avenue, at it's narrowest it is only 6 feet wide.

    It was built by famous Chicago architect Daniel Burnham in 1902-1903, influenced by architectural trends introduced at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago which he was heavily involved with, elements of French and Italian Renaissance architecture are present on the building.

    It is said that the building created a wind tunnel effect causing women's skirts to fly around as they walked on 23rd street, attracting throngs of young men. Police would try to disperse them by calling to them "23 Skidoo", a slang expression no longer commonly used, but its descendant, "scram", remains in use today.

    The Flatiron Building is featured as the Daily Bugle Office in Spiderman 1 and 2.

    And although often reported as such, it wasn't New York City's first skyscraper, first steel-skeleton building or ever the world's tallest building.

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    Flatiron Building

    by SnoopySue Written Dec 29, 2004

    Originally named the Fuller Building after the construction company that owned it, this building by Chicago architect Davit Burnham was the tallest in the world when it was completed in 1902. One of the first building to use a steel frame, it heralded the era of the skyscrapers. This unusual triangular shape building is certainly on must see activities.

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