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The marvelous story of the Flatiron: the instantly recognizable building that signaled the start of a new era in New York history.

Critics hated it. The public feared it would topple over. Passersby were knocked down by the winds. But even before it was completed, the Flatiron Building had become an unforgettable part of New York City.

The Flatiron Building was built by the Chicago-based Fuller Company--a group founded by George Fuller, "the father of the skyscraper"--to be their New York headquarters. The company''s president, Harry Black, was never able to make the public call the Flatiron the Fuller Building, however. Black''s was the country''s largest real estate firm, constructing Macy''s department store, and soon after the Plaza Hotel, the Savoy Hotel, and many other iconic buildings in New York as well as in other cities across the country. With an ostentatious lifestyle that drew constant media scrutiny, Black made a fortune only to meet a tragic, untimely end.

In The Flatiron, Alice Sparberg Alexiou chronicles not just the story of the building but the heady times in New York at the dawn of the twentieth century. It was a time when Madison Square Park shifted from a promenade for rich women to one for gay prostitutes; when photography became an art; motion pictures came into existence; the booming economy suffered increasing depressions; jazz came to the forefront of popular music--and all within steps of one of the city''s best-known and best-loved buildings.

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Its official name is the Fuller Building, but for the past century, the oddly triangular building that, to quote H. G. Wells, “ploughs up traffic” at the intersection of Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street in Manhattan, has been known to most people as the Flatiron. As shown by Alexiou, whose grandfather was once a co-owner of the building, the history of the Flatiron is a tale as much about architectural innovation as it is about the larger-than-life personalities who designed and financed the 22-story landmark. Among the latter are Daniel Burnham, the visionary who designed the steel-framed structure (one of the city''s first) in the Chicago school style; Harry Black, the “charming and ruthless” president of the Fuller Company; and Samuel Parks, the vindictive labor leader who ran afoul of the law. The most prominent character of this drama, however, may be turn-of-the-century New York City itself, beginning to flex its massive commercial muscles at the outset of the era of enormous skyscrapers. Engaging and panoramic, Alexiou''s narrative is not just for architecture buffs. --Brendan Driscoll

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“Alexiou -- a native New Yorker and the granddaughter of a man who for a time owned the Flatiron Building in partnership with Harry Helmsley -- has written an engaging and informative account of the building''s construction and its lasting place in New York''s lore.” ―The Washington Post

“Alice Sparberg Alexiou''s The Flatiron joins such books as Jill Jonnes''s Conquering Gotham (2007), about Pennsylvania Station, and Gail Fenske''s The Skyscraper and the City (2008), about the Woolworth Building, in a budding genre that we might call biographies of buildings.” ―The Wall Street Journal

“Though she ends on a note of permanence, as the landmarked and restored Flatiron is here to stay, Ms. Alexiou''s book is ultimately about the never-ending change that rushes by in the city, and, in evoking that, she succeeds.” ―The New York Observer

“The first history book about The Flatiron, one of New York City''s first skyscrapers, built in 1902, and still a favorite sightseeing stop for tourists.” ―Deseret News

“[Alice Sparberg-Alexiou] brings the building alive by profiling not only its owners and tenants but also the city''s mixed reaction to it.” ―The Christian Science Monitor

“Alice Sparberg Alexiou elucidates the complex web of human relationships built around the Flatiron, bringing life to the poignant and tragic story of the skyscraper, its creators, denizens, and critics in New York 1900--a rich and contentious setting shaped not only by buildings, streets, and squares, and the popular arts of music, theater, and film, but also by unbridled speculation, gambling, corruption, conflict, and intrigue.” ―Gail Fenske, author of The Skyscraper and the City

About the Author

ALICE SPARBERG ALEXIOU is the author of Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary. She has been an editor of Lilith magazine and written for The New York Times and Newsday, among others. She is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has a Ph.D. in classics from Fordham University. She lives in New York.

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Frederick S. Goethel
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The Story of an Iconic Building That Changed History
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2011
Even to this day, people look at the Flatiron Building and marvel that it could be and was built. It is a triangular building on a small parcel of land that at one time was a major intersection in the City of New York. It is iconic for a number of reasons....it was the... See more
Even to this day, people look at the Flatiron Building and marvel that it could be and was built. It is a triangular building on a small parcel of land that at one time was a major intersection in the City of New York. It is iconic for a number of reasons....it was the first true modern skyscraper, it awed people that it didn''t blow over due to the very weird shape and size and it was, at one time, in a very prestigious New York neighborhood.

This book covers the story of not just the building, but also of how the building came to be and the men that were at work running the commercial real estate business in New York and other major cities across the country.

At the time of the design and building of the Flatiron, much was at work in New York. George Fuller, the man behind the building had built what was the largest commercial construction management company in the city at that time and was involved in numerous projects to put buildings up. He erected the Flatiron to be the flagship building of his company and to become the headquarters of his company. Construction management was a tad different then. The construction management company did everything from procure a piece of land to hire an architect and then build the finished building. They were hired by companies to erect flagship properties and were given wide latitude.

Along the way, Fuller amassed a fortune and a large holding of land. He and several others created the first real estate trust which ended up imploding a number of years later.

All of the players are interesting and this looks at a side of New York elite that are rarely thought of. It also details some of the construction techniques and how building codes were changed to allow these massive buildings to come into reality.

There was one significant flaw in the book that I had a hard time overlooking, although it is not a huge issue. It is obvious that the author does not understand steel construction or the engineering that went into these buildings. I suspect she obtained her reference materials that were not totally accurate and just wrote what had been written previously. An example is when describing the Great Chicago fire, which rattled many builders and building officials. She mentions that the cast iron fronts of the buildings melted and then collapsed. They didn''t melt....they elongated from the heat and became deformed leading to collapse which is a totally different scenario. In addition, she kept referring, throughout the book, to the fire proof nature of the building. Anyone involved in fire protection will tell you there in no fire proof building....just fire resistant ones.

Overall, a very interesting book and one that is well worth the read if you enjoy history, engineering of are fascinated by how things came to be. Just overlook the author''s problems in dealing with engineering issues.
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Very interesring
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2021
Well written and researched. You will learn a lot about the history of the development of the arquitecture and construction of the NYC famous buildings.
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Good for history lovers
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2018
i knew of this building but I didn''t realize how interesting it''s history is.For anyone interested in NYC history or architectural history this is a good pick.
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Fascinating Story Of A Building
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2010
It is a little difficult to categorize this book because it accomplishes so much. It is part urban history, a portrait of a great city, a chronicle/personal history of its owners and builders, and an early history of 20th skyscrapers with this specific building as its focal... See more
It is a little difficult to categorize this book because it accomplishes so much. It is part urban history, a portrait of a great city, a chronicle/personal history of its owners and builders, and an early history of 20th skyscrapers with this specific building as its focal point.
The Flatiron was designed and constructed on an odd parcel of land in a then desirable Manhattan location at the dawn of the 20th century. The author breaks down the building''s design and construction in detail and tells the story of the real estate moguls, architects, builders, politicians, and artisans who saw the building come to fruition. The book also examines the buildings twisted history that saw it through world wars, a great economic depression, an odd ownership pact, the changing fortunes of a neighborhood, historic preservation, and eventual restoration and modernization.
The Flatiron works on a lot of levels because it manages to do what most good stories about inanimate objects should; it makes the Flatiron come alive through its rich history and the interesting people that inhabited its halls. Alice Sparberg Alexiou has gone as far as one might in turning up everyhing that is currently available pertaining to her subject and has created a book that is interesting and rich with revelations.
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Kimberly Allen
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Good condition for a used product
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2019
My son was excited to receive this book about one of his favorite buildings in Ney York
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Daniel E Mossien
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That this purveyor did a great job and perfectly packaged. Well beyond my expectation.
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2019
The book was perfect, beyond what I had expected!
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Connie W Wybrow
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Great book about not only the history of The Flatiron ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2015
Great book about not only the history of The Flatiron building but Chicago architecture & the men behind the building of great iconic buildings.
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Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2021
Book arrived in perfect condition, well packaged. Thank you!
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Plym Carol
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Good purchase.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 14, 2021
Bought this at a good price and arrived on time. Excellent condition. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you.
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Ratzo Rizo
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A MUST IF YOU LOVE THIS BUILDING & NEW YORK
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 27, 2019
This book has been written with Great Passion, detail & knowledge just love it so if you love it & Manhattan go buy it a Facinating read
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Well researched and fun to read
Reviewed in Canada on April 18, 2016
A page turner. Well researched and fun to read.
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