Carousels and depots and staircases! Oh my!

It was just over a year ago that Restore Oregon announced that the Grand Staircase at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande was one of seven properties chosen to be included on their Oregon’s Most Endangered Places List – 2015.  Throughout the last year their enthusiasm, support, insight, and sage advice have contributed greatly to the efforts to save our beloved “college steps”.

And, at their November 13 Restoration Celebration at the Historic Sentinel Hotel in Portland, guess what happened?

When Restore Oregon announced their 2016 list, seven of the 15 places included were ones that had been named in previous years and they will continue to receive support.  And, the Grand Staircase is one of those seven!

And, once again it is in good company.  This year’s list includes a carousel, a depot, a museum, a theater and more. You can see the complete list here.


Jantzen Beach carousel – on this year’s Most Endangered Places list

Thank you Restore Oregon!


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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


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