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  • France
    Saturday May 1, 1886

    Eiffel Tower

    Lockroy announced an alteration to the terms of the open competition being held for a centrepiece to the exposition

    France
    Saturday May 1, 1886

    Little progress was made until 1886, when Jules Grévy was re-elected as president of France and Édouard Lockroy was appointed as minister for trade. A budget for the exposition was passed and, on 1 May, Lockroy announced an alteration to the terms of the open competition being held for a centrepiece to the exposition, which effectively made the selection of Eiffel's design a foregone conclusion, as entries had to include a study for a 300 m (980 ft) four-sided metal tower on the Champ de Mars. (A 300-meter tower was then considered a herculean engineering effort).




  • France
    Wednesday May 12, 1886

    Eiffel Tower

    Commission was set up to examine Eiffel's scheme and its rivals

    France
    Wednesday May 12, 1886

    On 12 May, a commission was set up to examine Eiffel's scheme and its rivals.




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