Remember our post on the Grand Staircase cat and our assertion that every staircase needs a cat and every cat needs a staircase?
Well, with the approach of All Hallows’ Eve, it occurred to us that the same might be said for ghosts. I mean what haunted house would be complete without a wispy figure appearing at the top of the stairs? What abandoned building would be as scary without a step that creaks when no one is on it?
So, we went back through our archive of favorite EOU webcam photos (taken from the top of the Grand Staircase) and guess what we found! On May 17, 2016 at 6:35 in this evening, this handsome fellow appeared over Mt. Emily.
And, the good news? He appears to be quite friendly!
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 believe that the Grand Staircase has great potential as a cultural heritage tourism attraction and, as a result, could help boost the economy of La Grande and eastern Oregon. Even now, deteriorating and no longer opened to the public, it is an architectural treasure worth seeing. Reconstructed it could offer even more.
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, provide updates on the efforts to save our beloved “college steps” 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.