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The Flatiron or Fuller Building was erected in 1903, construction having begun the year before in 1902. It quickly gained the distinction of becoming Americas first true skyscraper. At 285 feet this twenty (20) story high building quickly became a midtown landmark, stretching 19th century technology in construction to its limits. Built on a steel frame and covered with non-load-bearing masonry, the facade was designed to resemble a classical pillar, with ornate scrolling and a protruding ornamented base and top. It was financed by Colorado gold miner Nathan Fuller¹, who struck it rich and decided to invest in New York City with this building. It’s unique triangular shape, resembling the shape of an old style iron, gave the building it’s nickname “Flatiron” and subsequently the name stuck. Its 24 levels, including a sub-basement, mezzanine, and attic, housed three shops, a barber shop, over two hundred offices, six Otis water-hydraulic elevators, and two main boiler systems to provide heating throughout the building.

The distinctive triangular shape of the Flatiron Building, designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, allowed it to fill the wedge-shaped property located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway. The building was intended to serve as offices for the George A. Fuller Company, a major Chicago contracting firm. At 22 stories and 307 feet, the Flatiron was never the city's tallest building, but always one of its most dramatic-looking, and its popularity with photographers and artists has made it an enduring symbol of New York for more than a century.

Besides this building be very close to the yesterday photo. I only took that one 3 days after.

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