When Gustave Eiffel designed the Parisian tower that bears his name, he not only created a global landmark – he also built a secret apartment for him and his famous friends.
The apartment, which was only recently acknowledged publicly, is located on the third floor of the iconic tower. It was modestly furnished with plush armchairs, wooden cabinets – and a grand piano. Eiffel would spend time there in quiet reflection, or host a variety of famous friends, such as Thomas Edison who gifted Eiffel one of his “new” phonograph machines.
It was reported Eiffel received several offers to rent the space – even for just one night – but he refused them all, opting instead to keep the private space his own. Eiffel’s newfound fame led writer Henri Girard to declare him “the object of general envy” among Parisians of every social status.
The secret apartment was closed to the public for many years, but it was recently opened up to curious tourists. Many of the original furnishings are still in place. One new addition to the space, though, is lifelike mannequins of Eiffel and Edison, engaged in deep conversation.
Talk about a room with a view!