Finding 40 plus different ways to describe Evensong…

In our last post we wrote about the origins of the beloved commencement week ceremony of Evensong which took place on EOU’s Grand Staircase every year for over four decades.

And somehow, The Observer (La Grande’s newspaper) found some 40 plus new and different ways to describe the event.

Here are two of our very favorites…

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1970 – Photo courtesy EOU Pierce Library

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1970 – Photo courtesy EOU Pierce Library

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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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