Did you know that there is a “secret” apartment (not so much anymore) at the top of the Eiffel Tower? Built by the entrepreneur Gustave Eiffel, this place was reserved for him alone and no other person, with a few exceptions, was allowed to enter.
In fact, if we were to point out where the most beautiful view of the world is located, the top of the Eiffel Tower would be a significant competitor. Imagine waking up in a comfortable apartment with colorful wallpapers, wooden cabinets and a grand piano. So, can you see yourself sipping an espresso and eating a croissant while admiring the urban landscape of Paris at nearly 1,000 feet high, as it was called at the time (305 meters), at the top of the Eiffel Tower? We would like to think that this is exactly what Gustave Eiffel had in mind when he asked his team to build this apartment in 1889.
The writer Henri Girard, who saw this place, declared that Eiffel’s apartment was “furnished in a rather simple style”, contrary to the modernity of wrought iron and the technological prowess of the tower. As one could imagine, its enclave was partly intended for the conversation of the Parisian elite or prestigious guests such as Thomas Edison. Girard will also reveal that Gustave Eiffel liked to find himself here “far from human noise and suffering” to clear his mind.
Many will have asked to rent this incredible space, but Eiffel’s apartment has remained private and the rest is still there today.
In Gustave’s time, this apartment served as a laboratory for various tests, including meteorology and as an “office”. Then in 1910 the place will be the place par excellence where Gustave Ferrié (engineer and general) will experiment his wireless transmission which will save the tower from destruction.
These are the only official things we know about this mysterious apartment. But why keep the place a secret these days? To preserve it, to freeze time or to hide what is there?
Despite the fact that you can’t enter the apartment, you can always get a brief overview through a kind of window. You will even get a glimpse of the Eiffel and Edison models discussing (for a long time)…