It’s been said that OHIO alumni forever carry a piece of campus in their hearts. Soon, alumni will also be able to showcase a piece of campus on their mantels.
Bricks from several recently demolished residence halls on South Green will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 2 through The Bobcat Store.
“This is a rare opportunity to take a piece of campus with you… literally,” said Pete Trentacoste, executive director of Housing and Residence Life. “It’s especially meaningful for those students and alumni who lived in one of the six residence halls at one point in time.”
Currently, 40 bricks have been salvaged and prepared for sale from each of the following residence halls: Cady, Foster, Brough, Fenzel, O’Bleness and Martzolff. A plaque is affixed to each brick, denoting the hall name and the years that the hall was in operation.
Bricks may be purchased for $100 each. All proceeds will benefit the Residence Life Foundation, which supports programming for students and student staff.
The demolition of Back South residence halls is part of OHIO’s Housing Development Plan, designed to improve the residential experience and the comprehensive living-learning environment on the Athens Campus. Cady, Foster and Brough Houses came down in the summer of 2016. Fenzel, Martzolff and O’Bleness Houses were razed this past summer.
“The Housing Development Plan is all part of the Campus Master Plan in building for the future,” said Christine Sheets, assistant vice president for student affairs. “Razing of these facilities are making way for new housing and recreational opportunities. Our planning is focused on creating an environment that our current and future students can develop both personally and academically.”
The sale of bricks from former OHIO residence halls is a collaboration between Housing and Residence Life and the Ohio University Alumni Association. Additional inventory may be made available in the future pending interest and demand.