|Gustave's Tower, the tallest thing in Paris.
|Koechlin's first conceptual drawing,
1884. Notice his stacking of other
Paris landmarks at right for height
|Émile Nouguier, Maurice Koechlin, Stephen Sauvestre
|Paris past and future,
progressives have always
been a fact of life in every
“We, the writers, painters, sculptors, architects and lovers of the beauty of Paris, do protest with all our vigour and all our indignation, in the name of French taste and endangered French art and history, against the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower…imagine for a moment a giddy, ridiculous tower dominating Paris like a gigantic black smokestack, crushing under its barbaric bulk Notre Dame, the Tour de Saint-Jacques, the Louvre, the Dome of les Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe, all of our humiliated monuments will disappear in this ghastly dream. And for twenty years…we shall see stretching like a blot of ink the hateful shadow of the hateful column of bolted sheet metal”
|The Eiffel Tower rises, 1887-89
|The Paris cartoonist were
|The 1889 Paris World's Fair (as seen from this balloon photo)
came and went. Gustave Eiffel's tower stayed.
|The Eiffel Tower was the star
of the show.
|Las Vegas' Paris Hotel sports a scaled-down version of the Eiffel Tower
|King's Island's "amusing" Eiffel Tower
|Even in 1889, Pointillist
George Seurat found the
Eiffel tower worthy of his efforts
|The Eiffel Tower design lends itself to
all manner of souvenirs.