The Flatiron Building: Older than New York

Three interesting facts about a historic building in the Fairlie-Poplar district of Atlanta.
  1. This building was completed in 1897 and is located at 84 Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. It was completed five years before New York’s Flatiron Building, and shares the same prominent flatiron shape as its famous New York counterpart.
  2. Architect Bradford Gilbert, a Chicago school contemporary of Daniel Burnham, was the designer of the building in Atlanta as well as the Flatiron Building in New York. The Atlanta building has 11 stories, neo-classical style, and is the city’s second and today oldest standing skyscraper.
  3. Originally the building was named the “English-American Building”, due to the fact that is was designed for the English-American Loan and Trust Company. Because of the popularity of the New York’s Flatiron Building, the name Flatiron Building was adopted between 1916 and 1920, and again during the 1980s.
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