Restoring Mirror Lake Brick Program
ATTENTION: Any donation made after December 31st will fall under our second installation of bricks.
Cherished memories of young love and school spirit are essential to the vibrant history of Mirror Lake.
According to university legend, Ohio State’s Columbus campus sits where it does today thanks to Mirror Lake, and the refreshing spring waters that once fed it. Years before it was The Ohio State University, trustees charged with finding the perfect home for the new Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College visited the property of William Neil. Touring his land, they stopped to enjoy several long, cool drinks from a small spring.
After drinking his fill, a German trustee by the name of Keller is alleged to have taken a seat next to the water and said, “It’s hard to get a Dutchman away from a spring like that.” And so the decision — and Buckeye history — were made.
As the university has grown and evolved over the years, so has Mirror Lake. When construction caused the spring to go dry in the 1920s, the classes of 1927, 1928 and 1930 stepped in to create and install Memorial Fountain. During the 1930s the mud bottom was paved over with bricks for easier cleaning. Chlorine was added in the 1960s to eliminate the sulfuric smell of water pumped in from the Olentangy River.
Islands, bridges, trees, grottoes, and even traditions have come and gone, while the iconic nature of Mirror Lake has endured — allowing each new generation to leave its mark.
Now is your chance to be part of this Buckeye tradition through an engraved brick or paver along the lake’s banks.
A personalized inscription is a fitting way to pay tribute to your memories of this campus icon or to honor a loved one. In recognition of your gift*, the university will engrave your message on a brick or granite paver, which will become part of the exterior landscape surrounding Mirror Lake. Bricks will be located on the south side of the Lake Terrace and pavers near the amphitheater. Download the brick order form.
December 31, 2017 is the deadline for the first installation of the bricks.
Mirror Lake Restoration FAQ
When will the bricks be installed?
The first installation of the bricks purchased on or before December 31, 2017 is scheduled for spring 2018, however this could change based on the progress of the project due to weather conditions. Future installment dates are to be determined.
Will I be notified when the bricks and pavers are going to be installed?
You will be notified via email or mail once a final date is confirmed.
Will you be able to tell me the exact location of my brick or paver?
Unfortunately, we are not able to share the exact location of your brick or paver.
Where will the bricks be located?
The bricks will be located on the lower path on the south side of the lake below the Pomerene Hall Terrace area.
Where will the pavers be located?
The pavers will be located on the south side of the lake just to the west of the Browning Amphitheater.
How many lines and characters can I have on my brick or paver?
Brick: 2 lines, 26 characters per line (this includes spaces & punctuation)
Paver: 4 lines, 26 characters per line (this includes spaces & punctuation)
What kinds of characters can be engraved on my brick or paver?
Any character that is found on a standard keyboard can be engraved. Characters such as Greek letters cannot be used.
Would you like to let someone know you purchased a brick in their honor?
Please download and complete the Mirror Lake certificate to commemorate your brick or paver. You will be able to write your engraved message on the certificate and gift it to a loved one or keep it for your own records.