Language of Structures: Flatiron


Neo-classical architectural style taught at École des Beaux-Arts in Paris

Popular in the US 1880-1920


  • flat roof
  • rusticated & raised first story
  • hierarchy of spaces
  • arches windows & doors
  • classical details
  • statuary
  • classical architectural details
  • subtle polychromy

Flatiron Building

  • 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
  • 22 stories high, steel framed
  • completed in 1902
  • the name “Flatiron” originated from its resemblance to a clothing iron

One Point Perspective

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Taken from inside the lobby

Acrylic Value Study

The Flatiron if it were a Modernist building


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