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Alexandria, Virginia: Parking Lot Mausoleum (Gone)

A lavish burial chamber for Hubert "Dutch" Hoffman and his sister stood in the parking lot of a large hotel along the loop south of DC. It was built in 2001, then taken down in 2014.

Just north of I-95/495 exit at Telegraph Rd, Eisenhower Ave. and Stovall St.
Nov. 2014: Reported dismantled for move to real cemetery.

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Parking Lot Mausoleum

The hotel site is being expanded. The Parking Lot Mausoleum has been taken apart and will be relocated to a nearby cemetery -- most likely Mt. Comfort on Kings Highway in Alexandria.

[David Almasi, 11/07/2014]
Parking Lot Mausoleum

The Holiday Inn, Alexandria SW will close its doors on July 30th 2014. It is not known at this time if it will be replaced by another hotel, but it is rumored to be on the demolition list.

[Babs, 07/29/2014]

Parking lot mausoleum.

Parking Lot Mausoleum

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]

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