An international Eiffel Tower arms race?
It could have happened. In 1889, Paris built the Eiffel tower for the world’s fair. It was a raging success and created a sensation throughout the world. It was also highly profitably, increasing tourism and generating revenue for the city.
A group of Englishmen decided London should have its own version of the Eiffel Tower. In 1890, they held a competition for the design. They received 68 entries. It was to be called the ‘Great Tower of London’. Unfortunately, it was never built.
If London and Paris had their towers, would other cities have follow suit? Would an intricately weaved metal tower be seen as the stamp of a great industrial city, much the same as a cathedral was for all cities in Medieval Europe, or the Great Library in the Hellenistic world? What would an Industrial Age tower look like in Moscow, New York and Berlin?
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