The Gramercy Flatiron district of Manhattan in New York is home to many trendy shops, bars and restaurants. One particular building that has held the imagination of America and the rest of the world since the early 20th century is the iconic FlatIron Building New York City. Formerly known as the Fuller Building, it has been featured numerous times on television, in Hollywood films, on popular music videos and in classic literature.
History and Facts
The triangular prism-shaped building is a unique New York City landmark and popular tourist attraction. It is located north of 14th Street. Completed in 1902 and billed as the first skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, it was originally named after George A. Fuller, founder of the Fuller Company. Today, the iconic New York building is home to publishing companies and plans for converting the unique skyscraper into a hotel are underway.
An Architectural Wonder
The Flat Iron Building is an architectural, engineering and decorative arts wonder. It’s unique and unprecedented design gave way to eccentric interiors and rooms that include ‘point’ office spaces. These office spaces offer a captivating view of the Empire State Building just outside the window. The 21-story wonder is a product of Beaux-Arts architecture drafted by Daniel Burnham. The residents of the Madison/Gramercy Flatiron areas witnessed in awe as construction were underway at the turn of the century.
The building also has a small shop in the front. The shop is in the “cowcatcher” of the building as it looks a lot like the cowcatcher that is at the front of a train. Take a look at the picture to see what I mean.
Built to Withstand Wind
Fortified by steel bracing that allowed the building to overcome the force of wind four times than it could normally experience. It stands at the epicenter of strong wind drafts from Central Park and Madison Square on the north, Broadway and 5th Avenue on each side, coupled with unpredictable wind currents from above and below the building. The building’s impressive resilience caught the attention of many pedestrians and onlookers during the time of construction. It has also captured the acclaim of the entire world and the admiration of many tourists and photographers both amateur and professional.
- The rooms at the pointy tip of the building measure six and a half feet wide. It is a lot smaller than what one would like to work in, but the view definitely makes up for it.
- Have you seen Spider-Man? The Daily Bugle, where Peter Parker worked, was housed in the Flatiron.
- Most true flatiron buildings are isosceles triangles. The flatiron building in New York City is actually a right triangle.