You’re going to want to read this…

You’re going to want to read this!

We have some very exciting news! The budget Governor Brown submitted to the 2019 Legislature includes $3 million to restore our Grand Staircase!

We need to keep in mind that the Governor’s budget is just a recommendation. The legislature will develop its own budget throughout the next six months. So while this is a positive start, there will be some key opportunities for us to engage with our legislators in Salem. We want them to understand that the Grand Staircase is a regional asset with national and state historical and cultural significance – and that an investment in the Staircase is an investment in Eastern Oregon!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Grand Staircase were restored to its original glory? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the “college steps” once again connected La Grande to the university?

The legislature officially convenes later this month.  Stay tuned for updates and to hear what you can do to help. #thisplacematters

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. In 2015, the Grand Staircase was added to Restore Oregon’s Most Endangered Places List.

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, eastern Oregon, and Oregon as a whole.  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


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