Stephen Sauvestre

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Stephen Sauvestre
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Charles Léon Stephen Sauvestre

(1847-12-26)26 December 1847
Died18 June 1919(1919-06-18) (aged 71)
Alma materÉcole Spéciale d'Architecture
BuildingsEiffel Tower

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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sauvestre was born in Bonnétable, Sarthe in France 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.[2]


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.[3][4] He was also the head of the Architecture department Compagnie des Etablissements Eiffel[5] [6]

Notable projects[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The annotated arch: a crash course in the history of architecture, By Carol Strickland, Amy Handy – Google Books". Google. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  2. ^ The architect of the Eiffel Tower
  3. ^ Harvie 2006, p78
  4. ^ "Space, time and architecture: the growth of a new tradition, By Sigfried Giedion – Google Books". Google. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Corus in construction – Exhibition buildings". Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  6. ^ French Encyclopedia website Encyclopedia Universalis.
  7. ^ Building Maison d'Albert Menier design by Stephen Sauvestre
  8. ^ Hotel Beranger design by Stephen Sauvestre
  9. ^ Chateaux, Saint-Jouvent
  10. ^ Chateaux design by Stephen Sauvestre
  11. ^ Ancienne usine Menier design by Stephen Sauvestre
  12. ^ Menier Chocolate Factory design by Stephen Sauvestre

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