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Flatiron Building

  • 175 5th Ave. Map It
  • Flatiron District
  • Building/Architectural Site
  • Flatiron Building, Flatiron District, New York City, New York, USA

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Published 06/26/2015

Fodor's Review

When completed in 1902, the Fuller Building, as it was originally known, caused a sensation. Architect Daniel Burnham made ingenious use of the triangular wedge of land at 23rd Street, 5th Avenue, and Broadway, employing a revolutionary steel frame that allowed for the building's 22-story, 286-foot height. Covered with a limestone and white terra-cotta facade in the Italian Renaissance style, the building's shape resembled a clothing iron, hence its nickname. When it became apparent that the building generated strong winds, gawkers would loiter at 23rd Street hoping to catch sight of ladies' billowing skirts. Local traffic cops had to shoo away the male peepers—one purported origin of the phrase "23 skidoo." There is a small display of historic building and area photos in the lobby, but otherwise you have to settle for appreciating this building from the outside, at least for now; the building may be converted to a luxury hotel when current occupant leases expire in 2018.

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175 5th Ave., bordered by 22nd and 23rd sts., 5th Ave., and Broadway, New York, New York, 10010, USA

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Published 06/26/2015

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