No, it's not a Forgotten Delight. But the debate that preceded the Eiffel Tower's construction is a vivid reminder that it's risky to judge a building based solely on technicalities such as size.
The Eiffel Tower was built as the centerpiece for the Paris Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) of 1889. The competition rules required a tower 300 meters (980 feet) high. The winner of the competition was Gustave Eiffel, a prominent engineer who in 1881 had designed the structural skeleton of the Statue of Liberty, dedicated 1886.
Construction of the tower for the Exposition began in January 1887. A month later, to oppose the building of the tower, the “Committee of Three Hundred” was formed: one for each meter of the tower’s proposed height. Members included some of France’s most famous artists: Charles Garnier, who had designed the Paris Opera (inaugurated 1875); Adolphe Bouguereau, the most prominent French painter of the period; Guy de Maupassant, famous for his short stories (have you read “The Necklace” lately?); and opera composers Charles Gounod (Faust) and Jules Massenet (Manon). Their letter to the man in charge of the Exposition Universelle read, in part:
Gustave Eiffel responded:
To read the protest and Eiffel’s reply in French, click here. The translation above is a combination of the translation in the Wikipedia article on the Eiffel Tower and my own reading of the French text.