Centennial Brick Walkway
The Centennial Brick Walkway was established by the Memorial Medical Center Foundation in 1997 to commemorate the first 100 years of Memorial Medical Center’s history. It has remained popular not only with employees but also with the general public, as many in our community are touched by healthcare services here.
As the main pedestrian walkway to the medical center for more than 15 years, tens of thousands of people have walked along its path and seen the more than 1,800 names and major life events commemorated by the bricks. Recognizing that joyous births, fond farewells, retirements and many other meaningful life events are captured in the inscribed bricks, we are very sensitive to the brick walkway’s place in the history of our collective community.
Elena Kezelis, executive director of the Foundation, explains the walkway’s history and purpose in the video below.
Why was the Centennial Brick Walkway removed?
Construction for Memorial’s Advancing Care by Design expansion project required us to temporarily remove the brick walkway in June 2013. We did this to make sure that none of the bricks would be harmed by heavy construction equipment or any related construction work for the expansion.
What will happen to the bricks?
All of the bricks are being stored. After Memorial’s expansion project is completed in early 2016, the brick walkway will be reinstalled adjacent to the expanded semi-circular driveway for the main entrance. This is tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2016.
Will my brick be in the same location when it is re-laid?
No, not exactly. The new configuration of the walkway will be semi-circular instead of linear, so brick placement will be adjusted to accommodate the new design and to complement the new entrance. Bricks that were purchased for installation in close proximity to one another will, when feasible, be re-installed adjacent to each other in the new configuration.
I purchased a brick several years ago. May I simply take it home?
No, unfortunately, we are not offering this opportunity.
I ordered a brick just before the brick program was ended, and it has not been installed. What will happen to it?
We offered a final opportunity to purchase bricks during the winter of 2012-13. If you purchased a brick then, please be assured that it has been inscribed, delivered to the Foundation, and is now being stored with the other bricks. When the walkway is re-laid, your brick will be installed at that time.
Can I order a brick for the new walkway?
No, unfortunately, we will not be reopening this program. The re-laid walkway will be a static and permanent feature of the new driveway and green space at the redesigned entrance to Memorial Medical Center. It will remain as a permanent reflection of the first 100 years of Memorial’s history and place in our community.
My brick and several others were a light color, making the inscriptions hard to read. Will they be changed?
Yes. During this “off-display” time, the Foundation will replace the light bricks with darker bricks and will have them inscribed the same way. We had used the light bricks when the darker bricks became unavailable, but over time the light bricks did not age well and the inscriptions became difficult to read. We will take this opportunity to make the bricks more uniform in color.
How can I commemorate a significant event if new bricks won’t be available for purchase?
The Foundation is developing an annual “memory wall” display on the campus. It will offer a fresher, 21st-century approach to commemorate major life events. Please contact us for more information.
Are there other ways I can have my name, or that of a loved one, associated with Memorial?
Yes. Please contact the Foundation for current naming opportunities.
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