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Flatiron Building, New York, 1902

A new archive film of the Flatiron building has been added to the Virtual Time Travel map. The film was made in 1902, just after the building was constructed.

The Fuller Building or as it is better known, the Flatiron Building, is located in the borough of Manhattan, and was one of the tallest buildings in New York City upon its completion in 1902. The building sits on a triangular island block at 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway, facing Madison Square.

The Flatiron Building was designed by Chicago's Daniel Burnham with John Wellborn Root in the Beaux-Arts style. Like a classical Greek column, its limestone and glazed terra-cotta façade is separated into three parts horizontally. Since it was one of the first buildings to use a steel skeleton, the building could be constructed to 285 feet, which would have been very difficult with other construction methods of that time.

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