The Flatiron Building was built by the Chicago-based Fuller Company—a group founded by George Fuller, “the father of the skyscraper”—to be their New York headquarters. The company`s president, Harry Black, was never able to make the public call the Flatiron the Fuller Building, however. Black`s was the country`s largest real estate firm, constructing Macy`s department store, and soon after the Plaza Hotel, the Savoy Hotel, and many other iconic buildings in New York as well as in other cities across the country. With an ostentatious lifestyle that drew constant media scrutiny, Black made a fortune only to meet a tragic, untimely end.

Constructed, 1902
Renovation, 1991