The April CAG meeting will be at Renwick Chapel at Oak Hill Cemetery, at 3001 R Street, on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00pm. Superintendent David Jackson and others will talk about the recent restoration project at the Renwick Chapel -- inside and outside -- as well as its fascinating history. He will talk about “engineering marvels – old and new.” And tell us about the many notables who rest at Oak Hill.
Oak Hill Cemetery was established by William Wilson Corcoran in 1849. He said to the young architect James W. Renwick, Jr., who was enlarging Corcoran’s home, “I am establishing a cemetery in Georgetown consistent with the dignity of the newer cemeteries that have been developed in Boston and New York. Would you design a chapel that will be fitting for this project?” Mr. Renwick replied “Of course!” and so began the historic Oak Hill Cemetery and its “Renwick” chapel. Renwick went on to design the Smithsonian “Castle” and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.
The “Gothic Gem” is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The restoration has left the structure unchanged from its completion in 1853, but refreshed, a true re-celebration of art and history that remains a hallowed space for mourning and celebration, gatherings and meetings. Its story-book appearance true to the idea of the Romantic Era thrives in a world vastly different from its beginning.
Because space is very limited this meeting is open to CAG members only. Entry will be through the main gate at R and 30th Streets. We encourage you to walk to Oak Hill as parking will not be available inside the cemetery. For those who drive, there is street parking and Sally and Mark Ein have graciously offered a limited number of parking spaces at their residence across from Oak Hill. Refreshments will be provided by Patisserie Poupon , Kafe Leopold, and Georgetown Wine and Spirits.
Please join us for the reception beginning at 7 and the program from 7:30 until 8:30. Come experience this special building and cemetery where neighbors and notables have celebrated marriages, mourned deaths -- and where some of their ancestors reside.