NYC's First Skyscraper

Title

NYC's First Skyscraper

Subject

Flatiron Building

Description

Towards the end of the 1890s, building techniques were evolving which finally allowed for skyscrapers to form throughout the New York City skyline. One of the first was the Flatiron Building which when built was the tallest building at 22 stories. One of the major innovations with the building was the use of steel in the building’s construction. This not only allowed the building to grow higher, but it helped to make it more fire resistant that typical buildings of the day. With the new building process, the Flatiron Building was built much faster than typical buildings of the day. Although its design and location are a bit unusual, the building is still a major tourist attraction to this day.

Source

Library of Congress. "Flatiron Building Construction." Wikimedia. New York Times, 1901. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.

Publisher

New York Times

Contributor

Scott Nye

Files

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Collection

Citation

“NYC's First Skyscraper,” Three Decades of NYC, accessed October 5, 2022, http://www.loyolanotredamelib.org/en203/items/show/152.