The Eiffel Tower, which was originally meant as a temporary show, was nearly demolished and dismantled in 1909. The Eiffel Tower, now one of the world's most famous monuments, had a substantial renovation in 1986 and is repainted every seven years. It has been argued that the tower has become an icon of Paris and France, such that to destroy it would be like tearing out the heart of the city.
The tower was designed by French engineer-in-chief Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel. Construction began in 1887 and was completed in 1889 for the World's Fair in Paris. The cost overrun was so great that the tower was offered as proof that Eiffel could build anything else he wanted to.
He accepted the challenge and within two years designed and built another tower, this time for the Paris Exposition of 1900. This second tower is still standing and is now used for radio communications antennas.
It was during these later years that the idea first arose to make the Eiffel Tower permanent. In 1909, ten years after it was constructed, the architect Pierre Chouteau went even further and proposed turning it into a giant monument to the human brain. He got as far as drawing plans but never carried out his plan because he died before it could be done.
The iconic Eiffel Tower is ready for a fresh coat of paint, and French officials are discussing whether to restore the landmark to its original brilliant red hue. The three-year project, which is set to begin in October and last through 2021, is also part of a broader project that will include the inclusion of safety features. The tower is particularly vulnerable because of its size: It's 120 meters (394 feet) tall with a base diameter of 30 meters (98 feet).
When it was first built, the Eiffel Tower was painted white with black stripes and decorations. In 1887, when it was designated a World Heritage Site, it was already starting to look a little tired so the city authorities decided to give it a new lease on life by restoring it to its original color. A thick layer of paint was used to cover up any unpleasant details like cracks or stains.
However, over time this first restoration started to show signs of wear and tear so the tower has now been restored again. This time the black parts are being painted black, the stripe pattern is being re-created in gold and blue, and the whole thing will be illuminated at night using bright colors.
In conclusion, the original color of the Eiffel Tower was red. It was built as a monument to the glory of France and designed by Gustave Eiffel himself. White with black stripes and decorations was the first color used to paint the tower.
With no people to paint the Eiffel Tower for almost two centuries, rust has ruined the tower's connecting points, and all it takes is a strong wind to bring the top down. Work began in 1887 on what was supposed to be the world's tallest building: 563 feet (173 m) high, with an iron skeleton and glass floors. The tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel for the World's Fair in Paris. It was built by SNCF (French Railways). It opened in 1889 as a hotel for railway workers. People started calling it the "Iron Man" because of its resemblance to a man standing up straight with his arms outstretched.
In 1989, when the last trains stopped running through the station that connected to the tower, many tourists forgot about it. They came to see the Eiffel Tower instead. When they got there, they found out that it wasn't open because it was closed for repairs that cost one million French francs (about $100 million at the time). Those who wanted to go up inside the tower had to pay 3 francs ($0.03). The tower remained closed until 1992. During that time, vandals destroyed parts of the structure using explosives and cutters.