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John Leon Hoffman Sr. landscape architectural drawing

Collection number: ahc.VIS364

Scope and Content

This collection contains one set of landscape drawings (one original drawing and two blueprint copies) of the formal garden for the Cason J. Callaway Estate in LaGrange, Georgia. The estate includes a Neel Reid designed home and is located adjacent to the Hills & Dales Estate. Of special interest, Hoffman's landscape plan includes 240 'Clara Butt' tulips, an heirloom tulip variety.


  • 1920-1930


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

John Leon Hoffman Sr. (1889-1982) was born to Paul Mark Hoffman (1865-1932) and Lula Pearl 'Nannie' Maddox (1871-1936) in Waverly, Alabama, in 1889. Paul Hoffman was a nurseryman and fruit tree farmer. Leon had two younger siblings: Alline (1892-1969) and Culver William (1893-1987). In 1907 Leon Hoffman married Carrie Delle Mayberry (1891-1989) in Muscogee, Georgia, and they had three children: Loring Westmoreland (1908-1929), John Leon Jr. (1916-1992), and Anne Adelaide (1919-1994). Hoffman, landscape engineer and architect, began his career in 1916 at C.A. Dahl Co., a florist and nursery. By 1920 Hoffman had opened his own business, John L. Hoffman & Co. The company later became John Leon Hoffman, Inc. Planning Consultants in Forsyth County, Georgia. The firm worked on both commercial and residential projects in Georgia, Florida, and Texas. Some notable projects include: Wesleyan College and Johnston-Felton-Hay House in Macon, Georgia, and Fuller E. Callaway Jr.'s Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia. Hoffman married his second wife, Evelyn W. Fleming (1910-2003) in 1932 and they had one daughter. He was a member of the American Planning and Civic Association, National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Planning Officers. Leon wrote two books on landscape design and horticulture, 365 Happy Days in the Garden and The South: The Land of Flowers, and edited the periodical Southern Gardening.


1 set(s) of landscape drawing(s)



Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

John Leon Hoffman Sr. landscape architectural drawing
Serena McCracken
November 2019
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305