Ah the Flatiron Building, one of my favorite architectural landmarks. Designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, is located at 175 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan, on a triangular island block facing Madison Square Park. Completed in 1902, originally called the Fuller Building, after Chicago-based George A. Fuller Company, which developed and constructed the building. Fuller was an initial occupant of the building till 1929. There’s a myth that the building was originally called “the cowcatcher” or “the flatiron” by locals, owing to its triangular shape resembling a clothes iron. Ironically thou, the Flatiron building isn’t an isosceles triangle like an iron, but a right triangle, owing the constraining shape of the block on which it was built, a triangular lot bound by Broadway, Fifth Ave. and 22nd & 23rd St. had been called the “Flat Iron”’ many years prior to the building’s existance, and some early drawings of the building already used the name “Flatiron.” The Times eventually christened this part of Manhattan the Flatiron District, though photo buffs have long called it the photo district, and realtors call it midtown south.
Either way, the “Flatiron Building” moniker stuck, it was designated a New York City landmark in 1966, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. It’s an iconic and instantly recognizable building, and I’m glad that it has had it day with our favorite highly sophisticated interlocking brick system!
So soon as this set came out [1st June, 2015] I had to have it, thou I had to wait till Father’s day to open my gift!
It’s your standard mid-size Lego® Architecture box:
Box front, standard stuff, 12 and up, 471 pieces + 9 “extra” & the all important “great” separator makes 481 parts at $39.99 USD making it 0.0831¢ a part, not great but not terrible either, thou it was purchased with VIP points so why complain it was free, and I wanted it!
Inside there are 5 unlabeled bags and 1 edge glued instruction booklet:
The booklet contains many facts about the building, like every set in the Lego® Architecture line.
Bag #2 contains: [a bunch of grilled cheese!!!!!]
These 5 bags breakdown into 7 colors:
18 Tan lots:
17 Light Bley lots:
6 Dark Tan lots:
4 Black lots:
3 Trans-Black lots:
3 Dark-Bley Lots:
& that all important “great” separator, for a grand total of 481 parts in 7 colors in 52 lots:
The build is very straight forward, first the base:
followed up with the core structure:
3 wall panels:
then the rooftop and mechanical:
afterwards leftover bits you have:
All in all for my first blog post and build review with a stop motion Time-Lapse shoot It was a fun week and I can’t wait to get to my bread and butter of my collection, Lego® City!