Thursday, February 12, 2009

Weekly Folly

Burnham's Folly, or the Flatiron Building in NYC.

Daniel Burnham designed the Beaux Arts building of limestone and terra-cotta. Located at 175 Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street and completed in 1902, it is a popular NYC site. Many were skeptical over its design and thought it would not hold up against the winds,hence the nickname, Burnham's Folly.

It was considered a sky scraper in "the day" and the area had the phenomenon of whipping girls skirts up.Gawkers would stand around the corner of 23rd Street to sneak peek and the cops would yell "23 skidoo"

photo by antkriz flickr

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