Gustave Eiffel constructed a residence at the summit of the tower. This residence, which lacked a bedroom, was primarily intended to comfortably receive distinguished guests and for Gustave Eiffel to conduct scientific experiments that could be heard from other parts of the tower.... The architect also designed an elevator that was never installed due to budget constraints.
After the tower was completed in 1889, Gustave Eiffel lived in it until his death in 1923. His wife, Caroline-Mathilde-Caroline Gueymard, who was born into a wealthy family of wine merchants, then took ownership of it. In 1927, she donated the apartment on the 49th floor as a museum in memory of her husband. The foundation that oversees the tower operates the museum today.
Although Gustave Eiffel designed the elevator, it was actually built by an associate of his named Charles Farnier. When visitors enter the elevator chamber on the 49th floor they are given a printed guide explaining how the elevator works. There is an audio device inside the elevator car that plays music or speeches depending on what floor you reach. The elevator can carry up to six people at a time and takes about three minutes to climb from the ground floor to the top.
Inside the apartment, there are several photographs showing Gustave Eiffel with various government officials during the construction of the tower.
But did he actually dwell there? Bertrand Lemoine wrote this. It was always envisioned that the last story of the Eiffel Tower would be utilized to house guests. However, thanks to Gustave's financial difficulties at the time of construction and subsequent bankruptcy, no one actually lived there. The top floor was set aside for exclusive use by Mr. Eiffel and his family.
However, during its lifetime the Eiffel Tower has been the home to many famous people. Here is a list of some of the more notable ones:
Alice in Wonderland - Alice Liddell (née Hargreaves) lived here from June 10, 1875 until her death in March 1902. She was the daughter of Charles Hargreaves and Alice Glynne and wife of John Henry Lewis. Along with her sister Edith they are both buried in the garden behind the tower.
Anatole France - French writer Anatole France lived in the apartment on the fourth floor from 1903 to 1910 while writing his novel "The Gods of Greece". He used his experience living here as inspiration for some of the scenes in the book.
Gustave Eiffel (1832–1923) designed the Eiffel Tower, which bears his name. But he wasn't the only one working to make his idea a reality. Two of his company's engineers, Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, were also recognized for their contributions to the project. On the job site, between 120 and 200 workers were employed. The average salary was about $125 per year.
The Eiffel Tower is made up of iron girders that measure about 10 inches by 3 inches by 78 feet long. It is taller than the Statue of Liberty or Mount Rushmore! The base of the tower is 68 feet wide and 320 feet long. It takes about 20 men to lift a beam into place because each one is very heavy: about 220 pounds.
When the tower is complete, its height will be 100 meters (328 feet). That's higher than a building you can see from space! The diameter of the base is 80 meters (262 feet), and the entire structure weighs about 23 million pounds.
It is now located in Paris, France.