Hibbs and Corby Mausoleum, Rock Creek Cemetery | District of Columbia

Rock Creek Cemetery was established in 1719 as part of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, later became a public cemetery for the Washington, D.C., and was formally established by Congress in 1840. Many famous (Alice Roosevelt Longworth, George McGovern, Tim Russert, Upton Sinclair, Gore Vidal) and ordinary people. It has many sculptures, including two by Augustus Saint-Guadens and mausoleums. The Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company was involved with the two of the mausoleums.

William Steven Corby (1867 – 1935) and his brother (Charles Israel Corby) ran the Corby Baking Company for many years in Washington, D.C. There were innovators in the process and their inventions included a dough loaf molding machine and a dough mixing machine. The company was later purchased by Continental Baking Company, the makers of Wonder Bread. Guastavino tiles are evident in the structure.

William Beale Hibbs (1859-1937) founded a brokerage firm in Washington, D.C., served as president of the Washington Stock Exchange, and was a personal friend of several U.S. presidents. The ceiling vault is the Guastavino contribution.

The cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Hibbs and Corby Mausoleum, Rock Creek Cemetery | District of Columbia