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There is a secret apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower

When Gustave Eiffel designed the very tower that would immortalize his name around 1886, the French civil engineer decided to achieve one of the toughest – and highest – flexes in the history of architecture by including an apartment private for itself, placed at the very top, directly under the arrow.

As explained in the book The Three Hundred Meter Eiffel Tower (Translation: The Eiffel Tower from 300 meters) by Henri Girard, envious Parisians regularly offered small fortunes to Gustave Eiffel to rent the apartment for just one night. But Eiffel systematically refused. On the contrary, this industrial-age Chad would reserve the space perched 1,000 feet above the ground exclusively for his own enjoyment + quiet reflection, and occasionally to entertain odd high-profile guests, like famed inventor Thomas Edison .

Surrounded by an open-air balcony, the high-rise residence where Eiffel probably never slept measured at around 1076 square feet (100 square meters), with a decent portion occupied by the elevator car, the landing of the stairwell from the floor below, as well as several technical installations.

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At the time, the Eiffel Tower apartment included a living room with a table to scribble on sheets of parchment and slip into all the misses’ mailboxes; a sofa where you could get drunk on absinthe after lunch, according to historical + cultural custom; a piano for rehearsing whatever the 19th century equivalent of “Marvins Room”; as well as a kitchen, a bathroom, a separate toilet and some offices.

“Without a bedroom, this dwelling was first designed to comfortably accommodate distinguished guests and for Gustave Eiffel to work on scientific experiments that could be heard from other spaces in the Tower”, notes the official website of the tourist attraction.

In 2015, this particular section of the Eiffel Tower became accessible to the public – with a recreation illustrating the momentous occasion when Thomas Edison and his daughter Claire visited Paris in 1889, gifting Eiffel with a first sound recording device (sculptures by wax and all). A year later, during the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, a second 2,000 square foot apartment was briefly opened to guests (competition winners) in the empty conference space much lower down; courtesy of vacation rental company, HomeAway.

eiffel tower apartment - new (2016)