DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 28, 2021) – In Issue 2021-18 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, the construction of a grand entrance!

The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France (Stock Photo)

The Eiffel Tower

The 1889 World’s Fair in Paris needed an iconic structure.  Gustave Eiffel stepped forward.

The construction of his iron lady started in 1887 on this day and was completed in little over 2 years.

The Eiffel Tower at 1063 feet in height surpassed the Washington Monument as the tallest man-made structure in the world.  The Eiffel Tower remained the tallest structure until the Chrysler Building opened 41 years later.  Now, they pale in comparison to the mega-structures of the 21st century, led by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa at 2717 feet.

Here is a comparative view of the tallest man-made structures from 1892 by Cram.  He used an earlier plate and just inserted the Eiffel Tower in the upper right.

Tallest Buildings diagram – 1892 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.