Sit and ponder, rest and dream, visit with me in between

We recently came across some photos of the Grand Staircase that we hadn’t seen before.  This one (courtesy of the EOU Pierce Library) was taken in 1986 and shows Tina (left) and Jeff (right) conversing while sitting on the top railing of the staircase.

With a panoramic view of the Grande Ronde Valley in front of them and the hallowed halls of Inlow behind them, what do you think they were talking about?

Sit and ponder

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The Grand Staircase at Eastern Oregon University was designed by Oregon architect John Bennes and completed in 1929.  Sadly, it has deteriorated over the decades and was closed to public use in 2004.

The staircase is currently included on Restore Oregon’s Most Endangered Places List.  In November of 2015 it was determined that the staircase was too far deteriorated for restoration to be a viable option, however efforts are underway to fund reconstruction.

We started this blog and the accompanying Facebook page 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 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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Three ways, three functions…

Remember the 418 balusters we talked about in our last post?  Did you know that there are three different ways of installing them in the staircase – each meeting a different architectural need?

148 of them are horizontal.

Horizonal baluster Horizontal baluster cap

212 of them are angled.

Angled baluster Angled baluster cap

And 58 of them are curved.

Curved balusters Curved baluster cap

Now you know.

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The Grand Staircase at Eastern Oregon University was designed by Oregon architect John Bennes and completed in 1929.  Sadly, it has deteriorated over the decades and was closed to public use in 2004.

The staircase is currently included on Restore Oregon’s Most Endangered Places List.  In November of 2015 it was determined that the staircase was too far deteriorated for restoration to be a viable option, however efforts are underway to fund reconstruction.

 

We started this blog and the accompanying Facebook page 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 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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