Turning onto Center of the World Drive, you’re greeted by an austere yet interesting, 25 foot tall, 6,600 pound spiral staircase. This is Section 12 of the original stairway of the Eiffel Tower. It is one of 20 such sections from the 500 feet that were replaced by the French Government in 1983.
Built in 1869, the weight of the century-old staircase was causing the top of the Eiffel Tower to sway. A total of 20 sections were sold at auction, and while some are in private hands, many are at museums.
Section 12 was bought in June 1989 at auction at the Chateau de Cheverny. Installing it in Felicity required engineering as well as a building permit. Today it is part of the spirit of Felicity, the town Dedicated to Remembrance. It is also a nod to the Museum’s appreciation of France and to the Founder’s birthplace.