We love each and every one of the Grand Staircase balusters – all 418 of them (even the ones that are now missing).
Made of cast stone, they were created (we’re sure lovingly) using a dry tamp process – two layers with an inner concrete core and a more refined outer finish.
It’s that finish layer we’re writing about today – a rosy beige fine grain aggregate mixed with quartz – a finish that changes color with the light and time of day and creates a marble-like (as in this could be in Rome) appearance. Yep – we love our pink toned balusters.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.