"The first groups of bricks have been laid and grouted -- and the legacy began. Over 4,000 bricks, each stamped with a personalized message, were the finishing touch to the new alumni plaza located on the east side of the Hutchins Street Square Community Center. The plaza, designed by Wenell-Mattheis-Bowe architects in Lodi was built by local contractor Ron Yacopetti. Plagued by the unusually wet winter, work days were hit-or-miss since the ground breaking. The delay did work to our advantage, however, since many Lodians witnessed the torn-up front lawn and rushed to make sure their brick was purchased.
The bricks provide an edge around the poured concrete plaza with an intricately designed 'intersection.' Our bricklayers were extremely patient with our staff and volunteers as we attempted to get the right bricks in the right place."
-Excerpted from 1998 Dedication Commemorative Brochure
The Hutchins Street Square Brick Program has been a wonderful opportunity for the citizens of Lodi to support the Square and memorialize family members, life events, friends, and . . .
We also provide gift cards for gifts or memorials. Each brick can be purchased for $60 with the proceeds directed to repaying the rebuilding loans.
We will lay bricks approximately twice per year. Hurry! As there are less than 2,000 brick "spots" left on the plaza!
At the request of our many donors, we have made the attempt to keep families and friends together -- please understand if we cannot honor your request or if your bricks are scattered; there are many hands working on this project.
Click here to download an order form; or, you may order in person at Hutchins Street Square - 209.366.1222.
Click here for an example of a brick "A Gift For You" card.
Click here for an example of a "Brick-by-Brick Memorial Donation" recipient card.
Your gift in any amount, honoring a friend or loved one will help build Hutchins Street Square. Acknowledgement of your gift is sent immediately. Your gift to the Square is genuinely appreciated. We thank you for your thoughtfulness.
Your gift is deductible from federal and state income taxes as allowed by law. Tax I.D. #94-2655990.
To make a memorial, gift or donation, call 209.366.1222 or stop by Hutchins Street Square.
Click here for an example of a memorial donation recipient acknowledgement.
Click here for an example of a memorial donation donor acknowledgement.
Click here for an example of a donation "Thank You" note.