EIFFELTOWER Paris, France • 1,063 feet
Decidedly ahead of its time: 47 prominent Paris writers and artists wrote a letter condemning the tower’s “barbarous mass” as a “stupefying folly” whose “odious shadow” would spread like an ink stain across their beloved city.
GATEWAYARCH St. louis, Missouri • 630 feet
Free of sci-fi associations, period design trends, or commercial kitsch, the Arch is a better candidate for timeless excellence than most other monuments. The open Mississippi River waterfront offers more drama than the Space Needle’s congested urban site.
STRATOSPHERETOWER Las Vegas, Nevada • 1,149 feet
Overall rocket shape is interesting, but vast, plain concrete surfaces are tedious. Stratosphere Tower makes a stronger impression at a distance than the Space Needle because of its larger size, but the Space Needle rewards with finer detail at close range.