The Grand Staircase is located on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande, Oregon and could easily be called an architectural treasure.

balusters and balustrades 2 It is a five tiered concrete structure of ornamental balustrades and balusters built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style.

Staircase construction The Grand Staircase was designed by John Bennes and completed in 1929.

Served the campus For decades it served the campus…

and the community …and the community.

harsh winters Over time, ground movement, harsh La Grande winters, and funding challenges started to take their toll on the structure.

1979 photo This photo was taken in 1979, the same year the staircase was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Staircase profile pic In 2004, the Grand Staircase was closed to public use.

significant repair Its condition continues to deteriorate.

or reconstruction In November of 2015 it was determined that the staircase was too far deteriorated for restoration to be a viable option,

continues to deteriorate …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.


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  1. breezing thru pages with my great grandfather’s name on them

    JH Ackerman was my father’s maternal grandfather.

    Im interested in what is the status of your efforts


    • Hi Fred, It is so nice to hear from you. Ackerman Elementary School holds a very special place in the hearts of many. The efforts to save and restore the Grand Staircase are in the planning stage. Costs of restoration have been estimated at around two million dollars. As it is hoped that almost all of the funding can/will be accomplished through grants, we first need to determine how best a restored staircase could serve the university and community.

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