The Grand Staircase a la the cartooning weatherman…

We have many lovely photos of the Grand Staircase, but we’ve always hoped to find a drawing. This week we did – thanks to the talented Tim Mustoe at The Observer.  Tim AKA the “cartooning weatherman” likes to draw and doodle weather and landscapes in the morning for The Observer’s Facebook page.  Inlow Hall and the staircase were featured in his Feb. 2 sketch.  The forecast was for plenty of sunshine.

Staircase drawing

Tim Mustoe/The Observer


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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.

The staircase is currently included on Restore Oregon’s Most Endangered Places List.  In November of 2015 it was determined that the staircase was too far deteriorated for restoration to be a viable option, however efforts are underway to fund reconstruction


We started this blog and the accompanying Facebook page 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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