Though its 307 feet stature pales in comparison to modern skyscrapers, the Flatiron building becomes one of the tallest in New York City after its 1902 construction. Described as “the sharpest thing ever perpetrated,” the Flatiron building collects hordes of spectators for its unique, triangular design and Beaux-Arts style. Read more about it!
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1900: George A. Fuller, inventor of the “modern skyscraper” and contractor for the building dies suddenly and the official name of the building becomes the Fuller Building
1902: The Beaux-Arts style Flatiron Building is completed by Chicago’s famed architect Daniel Hudson Burnham
1902: Once erected the Flatiron is one of the tallest buildings in New York City
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- "Flatiron Building May Lose Permit," The Saint Paul Globe (Saint Paul, MN), May 17, 1902, Page 4, Image 4, Col.4.
- "The Week In Realty," New-York tribune (New York, NY), June 8, 1902, Page 10, Image 10, Cols. 4-5.
- "New York Has Many Impressive Skyscrapers- But None More Remarkable Than the Flatiron," New-York tribune (New York, NY), June 29, 1902, Page 3, Image 33, Cols. 1-3.
- "New Flatiron Building On Long Acre Triangle," The World (New York, NY), July 7, 1902, Night Edition, Image 1, Page 1, Col.4.
- "Most Unique And Most Talked-Of Building In The World," The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.) July 12, 1902, Magazine Features, Page 3, Image 29, Cols.1-7.
- "Greet Another Flatiron," The Saint Paul Globe (Saint Paul, MN), July 14, 1902, Page 4, Image 4, Col.6.
- "How Buildings Are Made To Scrape The Sky," The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.), July 27, 1902, Editorials The Drama Society, Page 9, Image 25, Cols. 1-7.
- "Scientific Fire-Fighting," The Evening World (New York, NY), November 17, 1902, Night Edition, Image 8, Col. 1.
- "The Flatiron's Fire Test," The Sun (New York, NY), November 23, 1902, Page 4, Image 37, Cols. 3-4.
- "Famous Architects In America," The Washington Herald (Washington, D.C.), March 1, 1908, Third Part, Page 7, Image 29, Col.2.