The Grand Staircase is located on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande, Oregon and could easily be called an architectural treasure.
It is a five tiered concrete structure of ornamental balustrades and balusters built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style.
The Grand Staircase was designed by John Bennes and completed in 1929.
For decades it served the campus…
…and the community.
Over time, ground movement, harsh La Grande winters, and funding challenges started to take their toll on the structure.
This photo was taken in 1979, the same year the staircase was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2004, the Grand Staircase was closed to public use.
Its condition continues to deteriorate.
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.
In November of 2014, the Grand Staircase was chosen for inclusion on Oregon’s Most Endangered Places List.