Concrete next steps…

Big things were happening on the Grand Staircase this past week.

Gregg Sanders and Carin Carlson from Hennebery Eddy Architects worked with John Garlitz of J-U-B Engineers, Inc. to begin the process of determining the condition of the staircase, the cause of its deterioration, what needs to happen next, and the approximate costs involved.

This work is being funded by grants the EOU Foundation received from Restore Oregon, The Kinsman Foundation, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.  You can read more about the grants here.

Gregg is an Associate Principal at Hennebery Eddy and Carin is a Historic Preservation Architect for the firm.  John is a Civil Engineer for J-U-B Engineers in La Grande.

In the photo below Carin is investigating the existing condition of the cast-in-place concrete stair piers. Cast-in-place concrete is transported in an unhardened state, primarily as ready-mix, and placed in forms.

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We are a group of passionate individuals dedicated to saving and restoring the Grand Staircase at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon.

The staircase was designed by Oregon architect John Bennes and completed in 1929.  Sadly, the staircase has deteriorated over the decades and was closed to public use in 2004.

In November of 2014 it was chosen for inclusion on Restore Oregon’s Most Endangered Places List.

We started this blog and the accompanying Facebook page that same month.  Our intent is to raise awareness of the Grand Staircase and its architectural significance, post photographs and information of historical interest about the staircase, and share the stories and memories of those who love the staircase as much as we do.

 

To see a pictorial history of the staircase and learn more about why it needs saving, please visit our About page.

If you have any questions or have Grand Staircase memories, stories, or photos you would like to share please contact us at savethegrandstaircase@gmail.com.

 

 

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Good news… and more good news…

We are excited to report that the Eastern Oregon University Foundation has recently been awarded an $8,000 grant from the Kinsman Foundation and a $5,000 grant from The National Trust for Historic Preservation to be used in efforts to save and restore the Grand Staircase.

In combination with the seed grant already received from Restore Oregon, these funds will go toward hiring an architect and civil and structural engineers to determine what has caused the deterioration of the staircase, what needs to be done to address the problems and restore the staircase, and an estimate of the cost to do so. This work will start in the near future and is scheduled to be completed by late fall. These are critical next steps and set the stage for pursuing additional funding. Stay tuned!

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To read more about the staircase and why it needs saving go to our About page here.

If you have any questions or have Grand Staircase memories, stories, or photos you would like to share please contact us at savethegrandstaircase@gmail.com.

 

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