Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Eiffel Tower Architectural Model

We interrupt this series of posts about the upcoming SBCS convention in DC with breaking news. Well, 'breaking' as news can get for building collectors. The new Restoration Hardware catalogue came out and wow. Included in the new designs is an 8-foot-tall model of the Eiffel Tower. According to their website, the “…architectural model is comprised of hand-cut pieces that take one artisan nearly 2 months to complete. Crafted of American oak, it is rendered in meticulous detail, from the arched base to the latticework sides and delicate spire. Built in 1889, the original is still the tallest structure in Paris; ours is scaled accordingly.” The price is on the large size at $1745, but this would be the centerpiece to an architectural collection. I wanted to get a good look at this replica and went to a local Restoration Hardware store, but they didn’t have one on display. I reached out to the company and turns out the only one on display at the store in their San Francisco gallery. Collectors in that city should check it out an let me know how it looks. Restoration Hardware is also selling other architectural decorations. The conservatory model has a domed roof and 12 columns. Two types of bookends, the Portico and a set ofGolden Gate bookends.

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