The Flatiron Building
The Flatiron Building is one of the most unique examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in New York City
One of the most unique examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in New York City, the Flatiron Building's triangular footprints fills the space where 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue and Broadway convene. Designed by Chicago architect, Daniel Burham, like a classical Greek column, the glazed terracotta and limestone facade is separated into three distinct sections. One of the first buildings to utilise steel scaffolds, it was the tallest building in New York for a time upon its completion in 1902. Now home to commercial office space, access to the building is restricted, but you can still appreciate this architectural marvel from street level.
Gaining a place on the register of National Historic Places in 1989, the surrounding neighbourhood takes its name from building. The Flatiron District's was once home to the Ladies' Mile, a premier 19th century shopping district home to the original Tiffany's and Macy's and retains its elegance and energy as a destination for diners with its many restaurants. Cuisines and pricing run the gamut from burgers at the famous Shake Shack to Mario Batali's Eataly. Retailers have rediscovered the ornate facades of the Flatiron District with newly opened storefronts for Brooks Brothers, J. Crew and many other major name retailers.