A historic caretaker’s lodge located on the grounds of Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery has been vacant for about three years.
But a representative of the National Cemetery Association with the Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to change that.
Ed Hooker, historic architect and cultural resources manager of the NCA, visited Leavenworth on Wednesday to begin the process of finding a new tenant for the building.
Hooker announced that the Late Victorian structure, built in 1905, is up for lease.
Hooker said he is looking for an agency or organization that would be interested in leasing office or meeting space in the brick, two-story building.
He said the ideal tenant would be an agency or organization “that would be appropriate for its setting.”
Hooker said organizations such as Disabled American Veterans or veterans’ service organizations would seem to be a likely fit.
He said that a new tenant does not necessarily have to be military-related or cemetery-related. He said tech firms, accounting firms or scout organizations may be a good fit too.
A maintenance building north of the lodge is not included in the lease.
NCA is in charge of 136 cemeteries across the country with 59 lodges that are leased to tenants.
Hooker said the average lease agreement is five years with the option of one-year renewals for five additional years.
He said lodges are leased for as little as $1 to current market rates.
Hooker said multiple tenants at the lodge are welcome.
“We will explore all proposals,” he said.
Hooker said parking is limited at the lodge, which is surrounded by more than 26,000 military interments.
Located near the Gen. Henry Leavenworth monument, the lodge once was the home of the cemetery’s caretaker. But that was more than 25 years ago, Hooker said.
Since then, the lodge has been used as an office by Memorial Products & Services until MPS moved its operations to the Eisenhower VA Medical Center campus about three years ago.
MPS is an organization that provides the white marble grave markers at military cemeteries.
The 3,000-square foot lodge, which features original hardwood floors throughout the home, also has a basement.
“It’s structurally sound,” Hooker said. “The improvements will be mostly cosmetic.”
The lodge is actually the second of its kind at the military cemetery. The original lodge, built in 1869, burned to the ground in 1904.
For more information, contact Hooker at 202-632-6631.