Then & Now The Flatiron Building

by Stanley Fine

THEN

1903 THE FLATIRON BUILDING, originally the Fuller Building, is a 22-story steel-framed structure located at 175 Fifth Avenue and is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper. Completed in 1902, during Teddy Roosevelt’s presidential term (1901 to 1909) it was one of the tallest buildings in the city. The name “Flatiron” derives from its resemblance to a wedge-shaped cast-iron clothes iron. Photo courtesy NYC

NOW

2016 Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the iconic skyscraper, and quintessential symbol of New York City retains its glory sitting on a triangular block, formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street with 23rd Street grazing the triangle’s northern peak. A 2016 calendar, exclusively of Flatiron Building photos, designed by the author, can be found on line; Sid Kaplan Calendar. Photo courtesy of Google

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