Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation of the District of Columbia

Washington National Cathedral New Crypt

The existing columbaria are located off the Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea. St. Joseph of Arimathea was a wealthy man who donated his own grave to the disciples, following the Crucifixion, for use as Jesus’s tomb. This project consisted of expanding the Cathedral columbaria on the west side of the Putman Gate at the location of the existing full-body burial vaults. Two new columbarium rooms were created, flanking a common reflection area with a groin vault ceiling to match the architecture throughout the Cathedral. The finishes included limestone quoining, stucco walls, and slate Floors. Better quality lighting and ventilation were installed, including a backlit limestone aperture that creates the effect of the sun shining in through a window.

“In my 37 years of leadership and management experience, the APM team serves as a shining example of “how to do it”.”
– Major General (Ret.) Stephen T. Rippe, USA, Former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation