Don’t try this at home (or on the Grand Staircase)…

In last week’s post we shared some of your Grand Staircase memories relating to running up and down the steps.  In among those recollections some of you also shared stories of a more daredevil nature.

For heaven’s sake, we DO NOT recommend or encourage or endorse any of these activities (in fact, quite the opposite) but we do recognize them as the fond memories that they are!

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Here is what you sent us…

“Balancing on the rail…”

“The site of many impromptu gymnastics events…glad our parents didn’t know”

“I just remembered that my husband told me many times about riding his bike down these stairs!!!”

“We used to walk over there from Ackerman ALL THE TIME. We’d not only sit on the steps but the railings too…and we’d walk and balance on the railings as well…not too smart, it’s a wonder we all lived.”

I climbed from the bottom to the top by going up the faces!”

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We are a group of passionate individuals dedicated to saving and restoring the Grand Staircase at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon.

The staircase was designed by Oregon architect John Bennes and completed in 1929.  Sadly, the staircase has deteriorated over the decades and was closed to public use in 2004.

In November of 2014 it was chosen for inclusion on Restore Oregon’s Most Endangered Places List.

We started this blog and the accompanying Facebook page that same month.  Our intent is 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.


LATEST NEWS: In the summer of 2015 the Eastern Oregon University Foundation received grants from Restore Oregon, The Kinsman Foundation, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The funds will go towards determining what needs to be done to save and restore the Grand Staircase and estimating the cost to do so.  This is critical work needed to set the stage for pursuing additional funding.

To see a pictorial history of the staircase and learn more about why it needs saving, 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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