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>> Main Activities
Here are some of the ADGE’s main activities :

  • The ADGE defends the name and the memory of Gustave Eiffel, and intervenes in justice when it is necessary. It did so very successfully in particular against the company Gustave Eiffel Licensing, which sold poor quality products to the name and to the effigy of our ancestor (cf. summary of the ruling), or against the CFECM, subsidiary of the group Eiffage which used the name Eiffel without authorization of the family (cf. summary of the ruling). A trial is currently underway against the owner of the trademarks Gustave Eiffel and G. Eiffel, used and registered without family authorization.

  • The ADGE evaluates the demands relative to the use of Gustave Eiffel’s name or image, which are submitted to it. It grants, or refuses, its moral authorization depending on the connection between these projects and the memory of the big engineer. Business oriented projects come under special scrutiny and, according to the will of our ancestor, are validated in only very limited cases.

  • The ADGE keeps a close watch on all constructions linked to Gustave Eiffel and his work, and campaigns for their preservation. It is the case in particular for:
    The Eiffel bridge of Bordeaux
    The ADGE approached as early as 2001 the public authorities and the SNCF (French National Railway Company) in order to defend this structure which was threatened by destruction (cf. news). The Bordeaux bridge is important for several reasons: it is Gustave Eiffel's first work as project manager – at only 26 years old - and also the site where he experimented with the innovative techniques which would make his success in the following years (cf. Press article). The actions of the ADGE were later carried on by the Association "Sauvons la Passerelle Eiffel" (“Save the Eiffel Footbridge”), created in 2005 by our cousins Myriam Larnaudie-Eiffel and Xavier Larnaudie-Eiffel and intended to involve the locals of the Bordeaux area. These combined actions led to the registration of the bridge as an historical monument - it can no longer be destroyed - and allows to consider a new future for it, possibly as a place for exhibitions (cf. news)
    The Eiffel bridges in Vietnam
    The ADGE organized a trip to Vietnam in order to list the Eiffel bridges still in existence in the region – the beginning of a long-term effort for the preservation of Eiffel’s work in Asia.
    Gustave Eiffel’s Grave
    In very poor condition, Gustave Eiffel’s grave threatened to collapse (cf. news). The Association successfully intervened with the Town Hall of Levallois in order to have it restored. Our members were able to go and mediate on Gustave Eiffel’s grave during our 2009 General Assembly (cf. news).
    The monumental sculpture : « le Rêve Ailé »
    A creation from French sculptor Robert Rigot, winner in 1954 of the first Grand Prix de Rome, this giant bird of metal was erected in Dijon in 1981 in the memory of Gustave Eiffel. Damaged by rust and time, the ADGE obtained from the town hall, at the end of 2013, that the statue be fully repaired and restored (voir news).

  • The ADGE created in 2000 the website GustaveEiffel.com, a real opening to and on the world. The site allowed the Association to get in touch with numerous researchers and Eiffel enthusiasts, and to verify the current condition of Eiffel’s works across the globe. Click here to send us your recent photos of works of Gustave Eiffel.

  • The ADGE organizes every year trips to sites connected to Gustave Eiffel and his work, generally ones that are usually forbidden to the general public (cf. news). Reserved to its members, those visits are also the opportunity to check the state of these constructions and to reinforce ties between the ADGE and the site owners for future collaborations.

  • The ADGE has edited and published between 2000 to 2008 two previously unpublished volumes of Gustave Eiffel's memoirs, one dedicated to his family, the other to his works. Aimed for now at our members, the first chapter of the memoirs is also available on line on this site (cf. first chapter on-line).