Flatiron Building


Berenice Abbott ( American, 1898 - 1991 )

1938, print 1983
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General Description

The following is the caption by Elizabeth McCausland accompanying the original 1939 edition of Berenice Abbott's Changing New York publication.

"Accident led to the construction of the Flatiron Building. Winfield A. Stratton, a Colorado gold miner, had struck it rich and planned to build 'the most noble' residence in America at Cripple Creek. Going to Chicago to commission an architect, he met Daniel H. Burnham and George A. Fuller, who persuaded him to build the tallest office building in the country at that time, 1902. The triangular site produced a building severely criticized by contemporary writers.

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Elizabeth McCausland, caption for “Flatiron Building,” in New York in the Thirties [former titled: Changing New York], (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1973; New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc.,1939), plate 56 (np).

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