ALEXANDRE GUSTAVE EIFFEL…………..
November 9, 2018
It may be a little-known fact that Alexandre Eiffel designed not only the famed Eiffel Tower in Paris, but also the iron skeleton which supports America’s Statue of Liberty. Eiffel, a noted French engineer and bridge builder actually designed the Statue of Liberty’s skeleton before he built the tower that shares his name for the Paris World’s Fair of 1889. Eiffel began specializing in metal work after graduating from college in 1855, and his early work focused chiefly on bridges. In 1876, he designed the 525-foot steel-arched Ponte Maria Pia Bridge over the Douro River in Oporto, Portugal, which was completed the following year. Working from the same design nearly 20 years later, he built the renowned 540-foot Garabit viaduct in Truyere, France. It is suspended 400 feet above the surface of the water, it was the highest bridge in the world for many years after construction.
“The first time I saw America was from my perch on the mast of a Spanish naval ship, where I could spot the Statue of Liberty reaching proudly into the open, endless American sky.” ~ Jose Andres
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