Photographer's Note

The "Flatiron" building just off of Madison Square Park.Its quite an amazing building with its strange shape and narrow width.Its quite a commonly photographed building so I tried to find some less known facts about it.

-Flatiron's ornate but restrained facade is composed of stone and terra-cotta panels whose forms simulate the effects of rustication.

- Bearing the influence of architectural trends introduced at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Burnham's eye-catching design combined elements of French and Italian Renaissance architecture.

- The developer built the skyscraper as a speculative project with the intention of renting out offices to various commercial and financial enterprises which was unusual at this time.

- The building's triangular plan was a clever response to the awkward site produced by the intersection of Broadway and 5th Avenue.

- This steel-framed terra-cotta and stone-clad skyscraper represents the developers' first (and ultimately unsuccessful) attempt to create a new business center north of Wall Street.

- One of the most famous landmarks of the city, a postcard with this building is a must-have inventory for nearly all city souvenir shops.

- Featured in the motion pictures Spider-Man 1 and 2 as the office of the newspaper Daily Bugle.

- It replaced a trapezoid-shaped building of around 8-10 stories.

- The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

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