With Halloween almost here, it occurred to us that in its heyday the Grand Staircase was no doubt the scene of some October 31 tomfoolery. Hopefully, if there were any pranks, they were just harmless fun (unlike the vandalism that has, on occasion, plagued the structure since its closure).
Rumor even has it that one year a VW Bug mysteriously appeared on one of the staircase landings (although we don’t know if said incident occurred at Halloween or at some other time of year).
We searched in vain for pictorial evidence of this event. Although we couldn’t find any, we did come across these 1960 photos (courtesy of EOU Pierce Library) of a VW Bug in Inlow Hall!
Was this the same Bug that supposedly made its way up (or down) the college steps? Do you have additional details about the staircase occurrence? Better yet, do you have a picture? We’d love to hear from you!
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 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.
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.