Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building is one of the most unique examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in New York City

Flatiron Building in New York City
Flatiron Building in New York City cc licensed photo by Benson Kua

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.

If you are visiting the Flatiron Building, you may also want to consider a visit to the Empire State Building as it is only about a 12 minute walk to the north along 5th Avenue.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings

Address: 175 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010

Reviews

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5 Star Rating I never knew this building had its own Yelp page. It's the building that's seen in hundreds of movies and tv shows whenever they pan over NYC. It's... Read More

Susan M. Sep-09-2019

3 Star Rating New York is an actual city and has been for a very long time. This building was built in 1902 an era that seems to be forgotten. But with interesting... Read More

Francine L. Sep-17-2019

1 Star Rating Heard so many good things about this building, but honestly, just not doin' it for me. I live in New York and every now and then I have to walk by the... Read More

Vaughn F. Sep-05-2019

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Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
4, 6, N, R, F, or M23rd Street Station2 minutes

How to get to Flatiron Building by Subway

Take the 4, 6, N, R, F, or M train to 23rd Street and walk to Broadway (The N and R Lines exit the closest)

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