Flatiron Building

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Flatiron Building
NYC Landmark
Flatiron Building is located in New York City
Flatiron Building
Location in New York City
Coordinates: 40°44′28″N 73°59′23″W / 40.74111°N 73.98972°W / 40.74111; -73.98972Coordinates: 40°44′28″N 73°59′23″W / 40.74111°N 73.98972°W / 40.74111; -73.98972
Built: 1902
Architect: D.H. Burnham & Co.:
Daniel Burnham
Frederick Dinkelberg[1][2]
Architectural style: Renaissance, Skyscraper
NRHP Reference#: 79001603
Significant dates
Added to NRHP: November 20, 1979[3]
Designated NHL: June 29, 1989
Designated NYCL: September 20, 1966

The Flatiron Building, originally called the Fuller Building, is at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, New York City.

It is a groundbreaking skyscraper. When finished, in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city. The building sits on a triangular island-block. Whereas most Manhattan streets run either N/S or E/W, Broadway is an exception. It runs from the N/W to the S/E. As it does so, it cuts across Fifth Avenue, a large and important road running N/S. At the junction sits the Flatiron on a triangle of land. There are also two E/W roads, a main road, 23rd St. and a minor road, East 22nd St.

The name "Flatiron" is because it looks like a old-fashioned cast iron clothes iron. The building has been called "[o]ne of the world's most iconic skyscrapers, and a quintessential symbol of New York City".[4] It gives its name to the neighborhood around it, known as the Flatiron District. It has become an icon of New York City.[5] The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1966.[6] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979,[7] and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.[8][9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Morrone, Francis. "The Triangle in the Sky" Wall Street Journal (June 12, 2010)
  2. Yardley, Jonathan. "Book review of 'Flatiron,' about a Manhattan landmark" Washington Post (June 27, 2010)
  3. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  4. Treasures of New York City: The Flatiron Building (TV, 2014) WLIW. Accessed: April 3, 2014
  5. For its iconic status, see Koolhaus, Rem, Delirious New York: a retroactive manifesto (New York) 1978:72, and Goldberger, Paul, The Skyscraper (New York) 1981:38; both noted in this context in Zukowski and Saliga, 1984:79 note 3.
  6. New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Postal, Matthew A. (ed. and text); Dolkart, Andrew S. (text). 2009. Guide to New York City Landmarks. 4th ed, New York: John Wiley & Sons, p76. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1
  7. Pitts, Carolyn (1989-02-09). " "Flatiron Building". National Register of Historic Places Registration. National Park Service. 
  8. "Flatiron Building". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-12. 
  9. "Flatiron Building—Accompanying photos, exterior, from 1979" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory. National Park Service. 1989-02-09.