The Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery addition was the first phase of a 30-year- long cemetery expansion plan. The new addition, known as the Queen of Peace section, is located just to the north of the existing cemetery, with a niche wall and infant memorial garden in between. This section added 507 concrete crypts and two statues with bases designed to accommodate 90 niches for cremation ashes. This project involved working closely with the Friars at the Mission, an archaeologist, representatives of the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseno Indians, adjacent neighbors, several cemetery consultants and City staff.
The history of the Mission was thoroughly researched to determine which plant material would be most appropriate. Even the irrigation system had to be carefully designed and installed. The resulting cemetery addition included traditional plant materials, a memorial bench, car turn-around area and a privately-commissioned statue by a renowned artist.