Original blueprints of the Eiffel Tower


At the Eiffel Tower's official web site, you can check out scans of the original blueprints created by Gustave Eiffel in preparation for the 1889 World's Fair. The famous tower in Paris was the source of much controversy (many thought its skeletal design ruined the classical cityscape) and remained the tallest structure in the world until the Chrysler Building in 1930.

[via Gizmodo]


  1. Also worth noting is the influence of the Eiffel tower in terms of sheer awesomeness.
    In 1893, the worlds fair was held in Chicago; they wanted to do something to “out-Eiffel” Eiffel. Eiffel himself offered to design something for the fair, but organizers wanted an American designer. They ended up building something almost as big, but which also moved:

    The 1893 fair was truly amazing. I highly recommend the book “Devil in the White City” if you’re interested in learning more.

  2. “Eiffel himself offered to design something for the fair, but organizers wanted an American designer.”

    They did know that he partially designed the Statue of Liberty, right?

  3. Ever since I found out that the Eiffel Tower was designed to be dismantled after the World’s Fair, I’ve wanted to steal it. Just get a bunch of 18-wheelers, and abscond with it in the middle of the night, Carmen Sandiego style.

  4. #5, your Wikipedia link says the Chicago Ferris wheel was 1/4 the height of the Eiffel tower. Even the world’s tallest Ferris wheel is only about half the size of the Eiffel tower.

  5. No doubt boingboingers everywhere will now be building Eiffel Tower replicas in their back yards, using advanced materials made from common household ingredients, of course! (I’m thinking shotcrete mixer with baking soda) Don’t forget to put a wifi transceiver on top.

  6. Fun Fact: The recent G.I. Joe movie depicts the destruction of the Eiffel Tower. Of course it is a digital rendition of the Tower; “To create the digital Eiffel Tower, the technicians had access to the original building plans, and built a digital model so complex that could not fit in a single file”.
    After every movie I watch, I read its Wikipedia article for fun and for a greater understanding of the film I just enjoyed. I thought it remarkable that they crammed so much detail into their digital Eiffel Tower that it exceeded the capacities of the programs used to develop it…

  7. Gustave Eiffel was an engineering genius, as evidenced by the mathematical precision of these impressive blueprints of the Eiffel Tower.

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