AD Classics: The Crystal Palace / Joseph Paxton

The Crystal Palace, 1851. © wikiarquitectura.com

The Crystal Palace was a glass and cast structure built in London, England, for the Great Exhibition of 1851. The building was designed by Sir , an architect and gardener, and revealed breakthroughs in architecture, construction and design. More on the Crystal Palace after the break…

AD Classics: Eiffel Tower / Gustave Eiffel

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The Exposition Universelle of 1889, also known as the World’s Fair, was held in Paris celebrating 100 years since the start of French Revolution. Paris used this celebration to reconstruct parts of the city surrounding the Bastille. There were attractions, exhibits, 28,000,000 visitors, and most unforgettable of all, the 1063-foot breathtaking  structure so famously known as the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel’s vision as the engineer and designer was to astonish crowds with the tallest building in , which at the time was built as the entrance to the World’s Fair. He succeeded. Not only was the Eiffel Tower the tallest building in the world until 1930 upon the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York, but it is still themost-vistited paid monument in the world.

More on the Eiffel Tower after the break.