|Architect||D.H. Burnham & Co.:
|Architectural style(s)||Renaissance, Skyscraper|
It is a groundbreaking skyscraper. When finished, in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city. The building sits on a triangular island-block. Whereas most Manhattan streets run either N/S or E/W, Broadway is an exception. It runs from the N/W to the S/E. As it does so, it cuts across Fifth Avenue, a large and important road running N/S. At the junction sits the Flatiron on a triangle of land. There are also two E/W roads, a main road, 23rd St. and a minor road, East 22 St.
The name "Flatiron" is because it looks like a old-fashioned cast iron clothes iron. The building has been called "[o]ne of the world's most iconic skyscrapers, and a quintessential symbol of New York City". It gives its name to the neighborhood around it, known as the Flatiron District. It has become an icon of New York City. The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1966. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.
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After the end of World War I, the 165th Infantry Regiment passes through the Victory Arch in Madison Square, with the Flatiron Building in the background (1919).
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