Eiffel Tower, Full-view Looking Toward the Trocadero, Exposition Universal, 1900, Paris, France

This photochrome print of the Eiffel Tower is part of “Views of Architecture, Monuments, and Other Sites in France” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). Built by Gustave Eiffel in 1887–89 as the centerpiece of the Exposition Universelle (Universal Exhibition) of 1889, the 10,000-ton, 300-meter iron structure is one of the best known monuments in Paris. The 1900 edition of Baedeker's Paris and its Environs, with routes from London to Paris: Handbook for Travellers: Paris and its Environs declared the tower “the loftiest monument in the world” and “an interesting specimen of bold and accurate skill in design and of the marvellous scientific precision of modern engineering.” Today the tower is universally recognized and widely appreciated, but initially it was quite controversial. Many Parisians admired its beauty and the ambition behind it, but others were critical and contended that the tower marred the face of Paris.