A Baby Carriage Passes the Eiffel Tower

Emile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin, the two chief engineers in Eiffel's Company had the idea for a very tall tower in 1884. It was to be designed like a large pylon with four columns of lattice work girders. separated at the base and coming together at the top, joined to each other by more metal girders at regular intervals. The company, at this time had mastered the principles of building bridge supports. In order to make the project more acceptable to public opinion, Stephen Sauvestre was commissioned to work on the project's appearance. Sauvestre proposed stonework pedestals to support and dress up the legs, monumental arches to link the columns and the first level, glass walled halls on each level, and a bulb shaped design for the top.

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