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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chawax (20752) 2013-12-18 11:37
Nice typical view of New York city. I love how you included the street life in the foreground, it makes a very living picture.
worldcitizen (8472) 2013-12-18 16:58
Nice capture of the Flatiron, with all of the action going on around it. I really like this building, and Madison Square, too. I read in your last note that you went to Eataly. I like to get gelato from there if the line is not too long. :-)
macjake (67126) 2013-12-24 3:52
my favorite NYC building :)
I can look at 1000 photo's of it and still not get tired of it.
Could you imagine getting to walk around the basement and the attic in the Flat Iron! wow.
love the activity and the energy shown here. nice shot.
npecanhuk (74914) 2014-01-13 16:03
Vista "quase" clássica desse ícone novaiorquino!
Gosto dele! Curti a foto prá caramba!
Nitidez, exposição, cores, formato vertical, pdv escolhido, moldura branca e composição excelentes!
- Copyright: Andre Bonavita (bona) (13737)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-03-22
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Canon EF 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: March in New York City
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-18 2:53