A Baby Carriage Passes the Eiffel
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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