With EOU commencement almost upon us, it’s time to start posting about Evensong. I mean the Grand Staircase equals Evensong and Evensong equals the Grand Staircase, right?
Although it is a bit fuzzy, we just love this picture of the 1967 Evensong rehearsal.
Senior Class President Jim Mehas waits with notecards in hand.
Student Body President Dick Johnson checks out what it’s like to sit on the throne of the Queen of Knowledge.
Queen Susan (Sue) Strong stands by with her torch.
Two members of the court (Princesses Shirley Nelson and Sharyn Glascock) in their Grecian gowns converse.
Above, a number of young women enjoy the view.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.