Alexandria, Virginia: Parking Lot MausoleumA lavish burial chamber for Hubert "Dutch" Hoffman and his sister stands in the parking lot next to a large hotel along the loop south of DC. Surprisingly, it was only built there in 2001.
- 2460 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA
- Just north of I-95/495 exit at Telegraph Rd, Eisenhower Ave. and Stovall St. Holiday Inn Alexandria.
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Hubert Dutch Hoffman was orphaned at an early age. His sister, Mildred, took care of him until her death. At age 16, Mildreds widower gave Hubert $20 and sent him off to seek his fortune. After dabbling in dry cleaning and a bakery, Hoffman became a top salesman for New York Life.
In 1958, Hoffman bought 71 acres of swampland outside of Washington, D.C. for $200,000. It contained a trailer park and a landfill at the time, but the Eisenhower Valley in Alexandria, Virginia has since become the home to -- among other things -- a federal courthouse, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, an Imax-equipped multiplex theater, water park, hubs for UPS and FedEx, residential housing and two Metro stops. Hoffman received special permission from the city of Alexandria in 2001 to build a mausoleum in the valley for Mildred. He joined her there in 2002.
The mausoleum used to be hidden among a grove of trees in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Eisenhower, but recent improvements to the I-495 Washington Beltway has made it a more prominent part of the Alexandria cityscape.[David Almasi, 04/09/2011]