One of Lee’s favorite buildings…
Located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, The Flatiron Building is definitely one of the most ICONIC BUILDINGS in New York City. And it is one of Lee’s favorite buildings because of its beauty, presence & its history of controversy from the get go. Not to mention its inherent Feng Shui “cure” for the traffic flow of the area.
The Flatiron Building was built in 1902 and designed by Chicago Architect Daniel Burnham with construction oversight by Architect Frederick P. Dinkelberg. originally called The Fuller Building, The Flatiron was intended to serve as office for the Geroge A. Fuller Company, a major Chicago contracting firm.
It was designed in the Beaux Arts style, with a SKELETON of STEEL and fronted with Limestone & Terra Cotta. It used a lot of the new design trends discovered at the 1893 World Columbian Expo and was considered a very UNUSUAL looking structure to the dismay of the public who were in SHOCK at such a striking contrast to the previous building styles. The freestanding tower, never to be the tallest building in the city, but has become one of the most photographed for its UNIQUENESS.
FUN FACTS about the FLATIRON:
◾No ladies restrooms were included in the original design! A big over site for the females!
◾The building took its name from the TRANGULAR lot on which it was built.
◾Because of its shaped, locals called it”the COWCATCHER” or “the flatiron”
◾The residents of the area QUESTIONED ITS STABILITY. They would place bets on how far the debris would spread when the wind knocked it down, and even nicknamed The Flatiron, Burnham’s Folly.
◾It is only 22 stories high, 307 feet high & at its vertex, it is ONLY 6.5 feet wide (2m).
And although it started with such skepticism, it has lasted the TEST of TIME on so many levels.
Interestingly enough, the Flatiron now it often is seen as a well designed FENG SHUI CURE for the energy caused by the traffic in this area of the city, dispersing the flow of massive amounts of traffic/energy into a well divided and more manageable paths. And its unique BEAUTY has withstood the test of time, still being one of the most photographed buildings in New York City.