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|Location||Paris, France map|
|Date||1887 to 1889 timeline|
|Building Type||exposition observation tower|
|Construction System||exposed iron|
|Style||Victorian Structural Expressionist|
|Notes||A symbol of Paris worldwide. 985' high rugged tracery of iron work. Commission from competition victory.|
Poster Image - Eiffel Tower Construction Sequence
|Discussion||Eiffel Tower Commentary
"...the tower was the greatest affront not only to the architecture of Paris, but also to the eye of the Parisian, for whom its structural logic and revolutionary aesthetic language were incomprehensible.
"Essentially, the structure of the Eiffel Towerwhich was a far-ranging extrapolation of Eiffel's spidery, wrought-iron bridge pylonscould not have been more simple: four immense, tapering, curved, lattice-girder piers that meet asymptotically. These piers rise from an immensely broad square base125 meters on a sideand are laced together at two levels by connecting girders to form an integral unity of great stability..."
Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p485.
Built for the 1889 International Exhibition, Paris, the centenary celebration of the French Revolution. On the Av. Gustave Eiffel, by the river Seine.
300 m (985 ft) tall.
Avenue Gustave Eiffel. Telephone 01-44-11-23-23.
Sources on Eiffel Tower
Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. ISBN 684-14207-4. NA200.F63. mentioned, p1188. The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at Amazon.com
Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.
G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3556-2. LC 90-30728. NA200.S57 1990. close in exterior photo of detail steel and stairs, p147. Available at Amazon.com
Kevin Matthews, University of Oregon. Slide from photographer's collection, August 1992. PCD.3189.1011.1916.039.
Jack Perkins. Modern Marvels : The Eiffel Tower. Modern Marvels, 1994. VHS-NTSC format video tape. ISBN 6303420699. Video - Available at Amazon.com
Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. ISBN 0-13-044702-1. NA200.T7. p485. Available at Amazon.com
Alene Stickles, University of Oregon. Slide from photographer's collection, June 1993. PCD.2365.1012.0634.049. PCD.2365.1012.0634.048, Detail of base. PCD.2365.1012.0634.047.
Links on Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower Page Lots of links, pictures, & info.
La Tour Eiffel Official Eiffel Tower pages (in both French and English).
Eiffel Tower at Archiplanet Find, add, and edit info at the all-buildings collaboration
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