25 ft. high section number 12 of the original stairway of the
Eiffel Tower is the outdoor entrance sculpture at Felicity.
In 1983, the Government of France removed approximately 500 ft.
of the original stairway. Built with the technology of the 1860's,
this weight of approximately 54,000 lbs. was causing sway at the
top of the then 94 year old tower. Twenty sections were sold at
auction on the tower on 1 December 1983. Most are in museums and
a few in private hands. Section 12 was bought at auction in June
1989 at the Chateau de Cheverny. The installation of the 6,600 lb.
section required engineering and a building permit. It serves
no practical purpose whatever but is part of the spirit of Felicity.