It was built for the World Fair in 1889 in celebration of the French Revolution. It was going to be tore down after the fair was over because many, in fact majority, saw it as an eye sore.
Asked in Paris, Eiffel Tower
Why did Gustave name the Eiffel Tower the Eiffel Tower?
Gustave Eiffel is the engineer who championed the idea of the tower and build it. Hence the public of Paris gave his name to the Eiffel tower (he did not name himself the tower). ...