The Flatiron Building - The First Skyscraper
The Flatiron Building is one of the most recognizable structures in New York City. This building was completed in 1902 and stood among the tallest buildings in the world - at the time. It stood 22 stories above the triangular intersection of Broadway, Fifth Ave, and 23nd/23rd Street.
Originally named the Fuller Building, the building was not well-received by journalists and architects of the time due to the triangular shape. Many feared it would collapse due to the wind. However, the Renaissance Revival architecture (also known as "Neo-Renaissance") has braved the elements of New York City for over 118 years. The major features of the offices were triangular in shape at the point, which severely limited space. The trade-off was three large windows that faced the two roads below with a sweeping view of the city and the Empire State Building. Although the Flatiron Building in NYC might seem like an original architectural design perfectly fit for this unique plot of land, there are other Flatiron Buildings located throughout the world - some predating this location.
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