Creating a new sacred space of final repose
In November 2019, Holy Trinity completed a 645-niche columbarium at Holy Rood consisting of two unique structures. The restored brownstone crypt contains 99 niches in the crypt interior. A seven-panel granite columbarium wall, built in the carriage way opposite the crypt, contains 546 niches.
Each of the niches can hold up to two urns. The granite faceplate on each niche can be inscribed with the names and birth and death years of the deceased.
As part of the Holy Rood project, the columbarium area has been landscaped with a variety of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs that to enhance this sacred space. In addition, an ornamental fence has been installed along the Wisconsin Avenue, NW portion of the cemetery. In 2020 there will be improvements to the cemetery entrance, and a new visitor plaza will be created near the entrance.