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12 Random Things You Might Not Know About The Flatiron Building

Did you know they forgot to include a women's bathroom in the initial design?

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1. It was built in 1902 and designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, whose work includes Union Station in Chicago, as well as Union Station in Washington D.C..

Left: Union Station (Chicago) / Right: Union Station (Washington D.C.)

2. The building initially received widespread skepticism when construction began with many residents believing that the triangle shape combined with the height would cause the building to fall down, giving it the nickname "Burnham's Folly."


5. Local residents used to refer to the triangular lot bounded by Broadway, and Fifth Avenue, and 22nd and 23rd Street as the "Flat Iron" (with its shape resembling that of a household clothes iron). When the building was constructed, the nickname stuck.



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