Which is the most iconic building of NYC, yet somehow unknown? Where Fifth avenue and East 22nd street gets “run over” by Broadway, a very iconic building emerges on the triangular lot left behind. The Flatiron Building, original known as the Fuller Building, is one of the buildings that everyone have seen the classic posters of, due to the special shape. Not before 1989 the building was designated a National Historic Landmark, even though is was completed in 1902.
Actually the site of the building use to host some of the city’s first canvas screens with pictures projected onto, and led the way for the way Times and New York Tribune method for bulletins later on.
The building is designed as a vertical renaissance palazzo with Beaux-Arts styling, which was something very different, compared to other skyscrapers of the time. Seen from the street, the building seems like a traditional bricked construction, but skeleton is made of steel, which made it possible to make this tall a building, with a stabile structure.
Just as today, the public response was very enthusiastic, when it was constructed because it was something completely new. Not everyone was impressed and positive, so the beginning of the buildings life was a little hard. Over time the design and architecture proved it’s worth and quality, and here 110 years later, this piece of history is world famous.
Today the Flatiron has become a icon for us all and is a very popular spot for tourists and photography, but also still a functional building, hosting different publishing offices. The majority stake in the Flatiron is now held by an Italian real estate investment firm, and we have read that in 8-10 years they are planning to turn the building in to a world-class luxury hotel. If this becomes reality, TravellersPlanet are ready for a rerun on this great place, and make a hotel review.
Please enjoy our attempt to capture the atmosphere of The Flatiron…