Got a tip from a reader who said there was work going on at the Hoffman Mausoleum in the Eisenhower East neighborhood of Alexandria this morning.
As we told you last month, the Holiday Inn on Eisenhower Avenue had quietly shut its doors over the summer in order for a re-zoning and expansion of the current hotel on the property. We have also told you that in addition to the expanded hotel, Hoffman Management has set their sights on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for this area as well. So, in order for the re-zoning and expansion of the hotel to occur, the Hoffman Mausoleum is moving to a nearby cemetery.
If you did not know about the mausoleum and/or are unsure who Hubert Hoffman Sr was, I ENCOURAGE you to read/re-read John Kelly’s column from a few year’s back. It is something we have linked to before and is well worth a couple of minutes to read. Jay Roberts has a fascinating look at the history of the Hoffman property at this link.
Here’s an excerpt…
If you’ve ever seen a movie at the AMC Hoffman theaters, worked at either of the high-rise Hoffman office buildings, stayed at the aforementioned Holiday Inn or otherwise trodden any of that part of Alexandria known as the “Eisenhower Valley,” you can thank Hubert N. Hoffman Sr .
Where others saw swamp, “Dutch” Hoffman saw opportunity.
In fact, that’s what’s carved on a stone outside the mausoleum: “This Will Always Be the Land of Opportunity.” Answer Man wonders whether “the land” refers to the United States of America or to the 71 acres near Telegraph Road that Hoffman purchased for $200,000 in 1958.
The land he bought in 1958 was not promising. Basically swampy scrub, it was home to a trailer park and a landfill. But the real estate salesman who showed Hoffman the acreage promised that the Beltway would be coming through.
Even so, it took six years to find a lender who would front Hoffman money to build the hotel. The Hoffman Co. remembered those lean years in a 1983 press release: “Throughout this long period, there were only two people who believed in this old swamp: the good Lord and Hoffman. Sometimes Hoffman thought there was just one.”
One was enough, if that one was Dutch Hoffman.
The Hoffman mausoleum is a bit incongruous, sitting as it does right near the hotel parking lot and within a flung hubcap of the Beltway offramp. But it’s screened on one side by evergreen trees and surrounded by pleasing landscaping. Through the glass of the locked door, a visitor can see the crypt that contains Mildred and Dutch. There’s an Oriental rug on the floor and various items atop the crypt, including a photo of Dutch Hoffman sitting behind a desk.
Read more at this link.
You can view photos of the Hoffman Mausoleum at this link.