Flatiron Building Postcard 1

Postcard of the Flatiron Building sent to the Austins in 1908. Postcard courtesy of Mary A.
    The Flatiron Building was built on a triangular-shaped lot at 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway. It was called the Flatiron Block, as it was shaped like a clothing iron.

    Considered to be one of the first skyscrapers to be built, it was completed in 1902.

    The Flatiron Building was designed by Chicago’s Daniel Burnham. Its facade was limestone at the bottom and changed to glazed terra-cotta as the floors rose.

    It had a steel skeleton, a construction technique familiar to the Fuller Company, a contracting firm based in Chicago with considerable expertise in building such tall structures. At the vertex the triangular tower is only 6.5 feet wide; an acute angle of about 25 degrees.

There is another postcard of the Flatiron building in the Austin collection which I will post soon.

I found the building so fascinating that I will also post 2 photos of the Flatiron building from the Library of Congress Collection.

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