Flatiron Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

175 5th Ave

ARCHITECT: D. H. Burnham & Co.

DATE: 1901-03

STYLE: Skyscraper

Manhattan Skyscraper Stuyvesant Park

the Flatiron Building is an example of the early steel-framed skyscraper built on an unusual triangular site. Due to the prow-like effect of its northern end, it creates an impression of great slenderness and height. It displays a wealth of ornamental detail representative of its time and that although a utilitarian office building, it has inspired literary out-pourings of an almost poetic quality.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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