Could the Grand Staircase be one of a kind, part two…

A few weeks ago we wrote a post asking the question “Could the Grand Staircase be one of a kind?”  And then, we couldn’t stop thinking about it.  What if our staircase does indeed stand above all other Italian Renaissance Revival style staircases in the U.S?

We have continued our research, put out a few feelers, and now have enlisted the help of some experts.  We’ve already gotten some great feedback and we’ll be writing more about this topic in the future.

In the meantime, we wanted to share something fun we ran across in our efforts.  We honestly had to look twice…

St. Martin's

This staircase, which some of us think looks like Inlow Hall and the Grand Staircase in a parallel universe, is actually located at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington.  The building at the top is the front wing of what is now called Old Main.  It was built in the Collegiate Gothic style of architecture and completed in 1913 – 16 years before Inlow Hall and the Grand Staircase at Eastern Oregon University.

According to Wikipedia, one of the school’s traditions is Graduation Walk where graduates walk down the school’s grand staircase while traditional Scottish bagpipe music plays.  Of course this, minus the bagpipes, is reminiscent of EOU’s Evensong.

Evensong 1966

Evensong 1966 – Photo courtesy of EOU Pierce Library

The staircase at St. Martin’s, which was completed in 1926, looks to be in good shape.

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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