The Search for the Eastern Passage

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Seeking the Eastern Passage

The Search for the Eastern Passage
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Just as brave 15th century explorers searched for the Northwest Passage to China, our intrepid blogger Tom Reeves can be seen here searching for the eastern passage to the Croulebarbe Tower in Paris.

In the late 1950s, architect Edouard Albert erected this apartment building near Place d’Italie. His design for the tower, quickly dubbed “the first skyscraper in Paris,” included a wide esplanade leading to its eastern entrance. Sadly, the esplanade was never built, and in this photograph we see Tom peeking forlornly over the sturdy iron fence that blocks the eastern approach.

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