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4.5.3) Accommodation

When built, the first level contained two restaurants: an "Anglo-American Bar", and a 250 seat

theatre. A 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in) promenade ran around the outside.

On the second level, the French newspaper Le Figaro had an office and a printing press, where a

special souvenir edition, Le Figaro de la Tour, was produced. There was also a pâtisserie.

On the third level were laboratories for various experiments and a small apartment reserved for

Gustave Eiffel to entertain guests. This is now open to the public, complete with period

decorations and lifelike models of Gustave and some guests.

4.5.4) Engraved names

Gustave Eiffel engraved on the tower seventy-two names of French scientists, engineers and

other notable people. This engraving was painted over at the beginning of the twentieth century

but restored in 1986–1987

4.5.5) Maintenance

Maintenance of the tower includes applying 50 to 60 tonnes of paint every seven years to protect

it from rust. The height of the Eiffel Tower varies by 15 cm due to temperature.

4.5.6) Aesthetic considerations

In order to enhance the impression of height, three separate colours of paint are used on the

tower, with the darkest on the bottom and the lightest at the top. On occasion the colour of the

paint is changed; the tower is currently painted a shade of bronze. On the first floor there are

interactive consoles hosting a poll for the colour to use for a future session of painting.

The only non-structural elements are the four decorative grillwork arches, which served to

reassure visitors that the structure was safe, and to frame views of other nearby architecture.



It cost eight million francs (US$1.5 Million 1890 dollars, US$58 Million 2011 dollars). Using

the price of gold as a metric, a sum partially funded by the French government. The balance of

the cost was paid with the admission proceeds going to Eiffel‟s construction company.

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