Flatiron Building

 Audio Guide

The Flatiron Building

Narrated by Carol Willis, Founder & Director for the Skyscraper Museum


Pioneering the push of skyscrapers uptown was the Flatiron Building, completed in 1902. The Fuller Building, nicknamed the Flatiron for its triangular shape, was not the tallest building in the city. But by virtue of its extraordinary site, a tiny wedge of a block created where Broadway cut diagonally across Fifth Avenue just below 23rd Street, the freestanding tower dominated the urban scene. Entranced by its monumentality, the modernist photographer Alfred Stieglitz famously noted that the skyscraper appeared “like the bow of a great monster steamer, a picture of a new America still in the making.”