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Flatiron Building: Topics in Chronicling America

In 1902, New York City's Flatiron building was constructed. This guide provides access to material related to "Flatiron Building" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


"From the Front and a Little to One Side."  July 20, 1902. The Washington Times (Washington, DC), Image 29. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Though its 307 feet stature pales in comparison to modern skyscrapers, the Flatiron building becomes one of the tallest in New York City after its 1902 construction. Described as "the sharpest thing ever perpetrated," the Flatiron building collects hordes of spectators for its unique, triangular design and Beaux-Arts style. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


1900 George A. Fuller, inventor of the "modern skyscraper" and contractor for the building dies suddenly and the official name of the building becomes the Fuller Building.
1902 The Beaux-Arts style Flatiron Building is completed by Chicago's famed architect Daniel Hudson Burnham.
1902 Once erected the Flatiron is one of the tallest buildings in New York City