Eiffel Tower is both a cultural icon of France, and the most recognizable structure in the world. When the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated in 1889, designer Gustave Eiffel received universal acclaim for his spectacular work. However, it looked as if the praise was not enough for Gustave, for he had built himself a small apartment near the top of the tower which provided a breath taking view of the city.
Gustave’s apartment, located on the third level of the tower, is not very large but it is cozy. The apartment is said to be “furnished in the simple style dear to scientists.” The walls are covered with warm wallpaper and decorated with furniture including soft chintzes, wooden cabinets and a grand piano. The small apartment has laboratory areas which are equipped with the experimentation gear from the old days.
The apartment, perched at nearly 1000 feet in the air, received a number of offers to rent out the space even for one night. However, Gustave declined all offers to keep the space for quiet reflection and to entertain significant guests such as Thomas Edison. Eiffel was also gifted with Edison’s finest phonograph machines for the apartment.
The apartment had been off-limits for years but earlier this month, it has been put on display for visitors to come and look around. Most of the furnishings remain the same with addition of pale looking mannequins of both Eiffel and Edison.