ROYGBIV a la the Grand Staircase

We have become quite enamored with the webcam on the north side of Inlow Hall which, for all intents and purposes, provides the same view as one would see from the View Terrace at the top of the Grand Staircase.

We check it rather frequently, just to see what Mt. Emily is up to or with the hopes of catching a glimpse of something special flying by – a blue bird, a vintage plane on its way somewhere exciting, an errant kite, or perhaps a red balloon.

So far, every time we’ve looked, the sky has been free of anything accept clouds.  However, the sky and clouds alone are worth the price of admission.  Ever changing, the variance in color is amazing and, in fact, could be said to include all the colors of the rainbow.

Below, courtesy of the Grand Staircase and with a smidgen of imagination and creative license when it comes to the color green, is a rainbow sky over Mt. Emily.


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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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