Gustave Eiffel, a leading specialist in steel construction, bridges and viaducts, was a great inventor. It was for the World Fair of 1889 that he designed the Eiffel Tower, a gigantic work and very bold for its time.
Greatly attached to Vevey and the banks of Lake Geneva, he bought the “Villa Valentine” in 1892 and spent several months of each year there. These stays were for him veritable “interludes” in a hectic life. This fine residence was named in succession after his eldest daughter “Claire”, then his third daughter “Valentine”.
At the time, it was one of the most affluent properties in the area around Lake Geneva. It was situated between the Nestlé administrative building and the beach. The villa “Valentine” was demolished in 1978.