France’s historic landmark is the latest addition to LEGO’s ongoing architecture series that converts iconic structures into fun-sized models using America’s favorite childhood toy. The concept behind LEGO Architecture is to inspire people of all ages by exploring the fascinating worlds of architecture, construction, and engineering. LEGO provides information about the tower’s history and origin on its website.
The building was envisioned by Gustave Eiffel and was built in 1889 as the main attraction of Europe's World’s Fair. When the Americans hosted their own World’s Fair in 1893 in Chicago, the Fair’s architects scurried to dream up their own focal structure, one that would rival (and hopefully show up) Eiffel and his tower. The structure they settled on? The Ferris Wheel, designed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. and fully erected in June 1983, which was rejected repeatedly by the Fair’s board for being too dangerous and structurally unsound.
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