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Stephen Sauvestre

Stephen Sauvestre

French architect best known for being one of the architects of the Eiffel Tower
Stephen Sauvestre
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Intro French architect best known for being one of the architects of the Eiffel Tower
Was Architect
From France
Type Engineering
Gender male
Birth 26 December 1847, Bonnétable
Death 18 June 1919, Paris (aged 71 years)
Stephen Sauvestre
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Charles Léon Stephen Sauvestre (26 December 1847 - 18 June 1919) was a French architect. He is notable for being one of the architects contributing to the design of the world-famous Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris, France.

Early life

Sauvestre was born in Bonnétable, Sarthe in First French Empire in 1847. His father Charles Sauvestre was a writer, socialist, activist and teacher and his mother was a housewife. He graduated with first class honors from École Spéciale d'Architecture in 1868. He died in 1919.


The project team of the Eiffel Tower. Stephen Sauvestre is left, center Gustave Eiffel.

Sauvestre contributed to the design of the Eiffel Tower, adding the decorative arches to the base, a glass pavilion to the first level and the cupola at the top. He also chose the color of the tower. He received the support of Gustave Eiffel who bought the rights to the patent on the design which he had filed together with Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier. He was also the head of Architecture department of Compagnie des Etablissements Eiffel

Notable projects

  • 1878: Gas Pavilion, Expo, Paris
  • 1879: National School of Chemistry Mulhouse, Kennedy Avenue, Mulhouse
  • 1876: Hotel Seyrig in Paris
  • 1881: House 61 Rue Ampere
  • 1884: Maison d'Albert Menier
  • 1884: Hotel Beranger
  • 1887 - 1889: Eiffel tower
  • 1889: Galerie des Machines
  • 1900 - 1902: Chateaux
  • 1905 - 1908: Ancienne usine Menier
  • 1906: Menier Chocolate Factory

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