Flatiron Building, New York, USA

Flatiron Building

Also call as Fuller Building where located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan,23rd street, and is considered to be one of the first skyscrapers ever built.

This 22 floor tall building is going to be normal with other building in Manhattan but when it's 1902, Flatiron Building was the taller building in New York City.

The Flatiron Building was designed by Chicago's Daniel Burnham in the
Beaux-Arts style. Like a classical Greek column, its limestone and glazed terra-cotta fa├žade is divided into a base, shaft and capital.

Due to the complex geography of the intersection winds swirl around the building. In the Roaring Twenties, groups of men would gather to watch women walking by have their skirts blown up, revealing ankles which were seldom seen in public at that time. Local constables, breaking up these groups of men, were said to be "giving them the 23 Skidoo".

During a 2005 restoration of the Flatiron Building an illegal 15 story vertical advertising banner covered the facade of the building. The advertisement elicited protests from many New York City residents, prompting the New York City Department of Buildings to step in and force the building's owners to remove the advertisement.

In January 2009, an Italian real estate investment firm bought a majority stake in the Flatiron Building, with plans to turn it into a world-class luxury hotel, although the conversion may have to wait 10 years until the leases of the current tenants run out. The Sorgente Group S.p.A., which is based in Rome, controls just over 50% of the building and plans to increase its stake. The firm's Historic and Trophy Buildings Fund owns a number of prestigious buildings in France and Italy, and was involved in buying, and then selling, a stake in New York's Chrysler Building. The value of the 22-story Flatiron Building, which is already zoned by the city to allow it to become a hotel, is estimated to be $190 million.

And it become one kind of symbol of Manhattan:

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