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Date
1938
Period
20th century
Media
Gelatin silver print (dry mount)
Measurements
13 3/8 x 10 7/16 inches
Classification
Subject Category
City Scene
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Ronald Kurtz, 1986.27.4
Accession No
86.27.4
Context
The Flatiron building rises to nearly 300 feet on a 9,000 square-foot triangle of land where, some may say, it sits at the center of the world, where Broadway and Fifth Avenue converge in the heart of New York City. Built in 1903 by The Fuller Company, it was called “the strongest building ever erected,” conforming to the shape of the lot and named after the household iron of similar form. It has been celebrated in portraits by well-known photographers that include Abbott’s contemporaries, Alfred Stiegel and Edward Steichen, and later, Rudy Burckhardt.

Featured in “Maine and American Art: Farnsworth Art Museum” with thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation and Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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