La Tour Eiffel * Paris * Gustave Eiffel
Created in 1889 for the World's Fair, the Eiffel Tower was intended to be torn down at the closing of the fair. The iron structure, then the world's tallest man-made object, was met with resistance from the citizens of Paris and from fair organizers. It was considered so unattractive that an organization was formed of high-society types bent toward removal of the monstrosity. The group held their meetings in the tower itself, claiming it was the only place in Paris that you could not see it from. 

Luckily, once the world came to gawk at their magnificently tall tower, the Parisians had a change of heart, and the  tower was allowed to remain standing and has since become the symbol of Paris and France. As world symbols  and icons go, the Eiffel Tower not only symbolizes the city and country where it is located, but it is also a symbol of French engineering (the very modest Gustave Eiffel was responsible for the design) and the bold possible uses of iron as a structural material. 

In 1893, the Americans sought to outdo the tower for the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago (which was originally intended to open in 1892 to celebrate 400 years after the arrival of Columbus, but things got a tad behind schedule during the construction of the fair, thus the 1893 date). The Expo hired engineer George Ferris to build a response to the Eiffel Tower. Ferris, apparently as modest as his French rival, created a "pleasure wheel" so large and spectacular that it became the darling of the midway, and since, replications of his Ferris Wheel have been created the world over. Not to be outdone, the Eiffel Tower boast several replicas of its own in locations like Paris, TX; Paris, TN; Kings Island, OH; Kings Dominion, VA; Tokyo (as a radio antenna) and Paris (casino) Las Vegas.

If you guessed...
the Space Needle, you were thinking more of the function aspect of the quiz and not the aesthetic part. The Space Needle was also designed for a world's fair, and like the Eiffel Tower, it has survived even though the fair has long ended. Although it can't be said that everyone in Seattle loved the Space Needle when it was built, it was not hated as much as the Eiffel Tower was. Of course, all things fair, it's probably not loved as much as the Eiffel Tower is now either.
If you guessed...
the France Pavilion at Epcot Center, then there's no hope. It's sitting on top of a building. You can't even get to it. Just to let you know, this two-dimensional version of the tower was replaced after a few years and made into a three-dimensional one, although it's still on top of a building.



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