The Flatiron Building In The Afternoon Light

15 Nov

It’s one of my favorite buildings of all times.

I’m not alone in this. It’s a favorite of many New Yorkers and visitors alike.

From Wikipedia, here are a couple of CLASSIC images from Alfred Stieglitz (1903) and Edward Steichen (1904) of this glorious building:

You’ll find this gem at 175 5th Avenue, at the juncture of 5th Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street.

If you’ve never been there in person, do yourself a favor and check it out.

It’s such an impressive sight now – I can’t even imagine how it must have been gazing upon it in 1902, when it was completed!

Quite the most notorious thing in New York and attracts more attention than all the other buildings now going up together…We have to congratulate the architect on the success of his detail. . . of giving appropriate texture to his walls…The manufacturer has managed exactly to match the warm yellow-gray of the limestone base in the tint of the terra cotta above.”
-Architectural Record, 1902

Here’s a pinhole photograph that I took of the Flatiron Building a few years ago:

Isn’t it glorious??

H.G. Wells said it best; he wrote in 1906: “I found myself agape, admiring a sky-scraper the prow of the Flat-iron Building, to be particular, ploughing up through the traffic of Broadway and Fifth Avenue in the afternoon light.”




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