Newly created in 2017 is the Corcoran Terrace Steps. There are 72 new cremation interment granite boxes along the steps below the Corcoran Mausoleum. These new box niches are installed from the Carriage House all the way up to the Corcoran Mausoleum. Each box is designed for two cremation urns with the inscription to go on top of the box. These boxes are the same as those built on Chapel Hill several years ago and have proved very desirable.
Also, newly created is a shared crypt and memorial wall at Corcoran Plaza, the mid-point landing on the Rock Creek Terrace steps. This cremation option is sometimes called an “ossuary” in the United States, although the proper definition of the term is far from what is the case at Corcoran Plaza. There is a dais on which the container of ashes will be placed during a memorial or committal service. After the service, the ashes will be added to a sealed crypt below the plaza through an opening in the dais. The name, birth year and death year will be recorded on the stone memorial wall behind the dais.
Corcoran Plaza, which encompasses Rock Creek Terrace Boxes and the Shared Cremation Crypt, was designed with great attention to detail. Mason Jimy Portillo installed at the plaza the sculpture “Diana’s Lyre” by Georgetown artist, John Dreyfuss. Names and dates will be inscribed on the stone wall in continuous lines in the same fashion as the memorial walls at the National Policeman’s Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial. Both sides of the wall adjoining Corcoran Plaza will eventually be used for the inscriptions of names and dates of those therein. A bench sets along the side of the plaza and stone containers with attractive plant material are strategically located along the approaches to the space. The landscaping provides a natural and verdant feel to the entire area. This new facility enables us to offer families a service that expands our pricing opportunities and methods of memorializing loved ones who come to Oak Hill.