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December 2020

Iconic Mobile Halfway House Becomes Permanent Fixture At Union League National

By Steve Eubanks

It was intended to be temporary. When the Union League National Golf Club, the fifth property of the Union League of Philadelphia (a city club founded in 1862), began a multi-million-dollar renovation, one of the objectives was to add some pizzazz to the halfway-house experience.

“We went to a position that was about 30 feet higher than the old halfway house to get a more panoramic view,” said Jacob Hoffer, general manager and director of golf at the club. “We’ve done a lot of earth moving and that has created this unique visual experience from the halfway house.” 

The new vista presented an opportunity. With no permanent building in place, Hoffer and the folks at Union League National moved a classic Airstream trailer to the location as a movable halfway house.

“The idea was that the Airstream could be mobile, or it could be permanent,” Hoffer said. “But the Union League is a patriotic organization so having the word ‘Americana’, which is associated with Airstream, really matches the Union League mission and culture.”

In fact, the Airstream has become a landmark symbol of the club that has far exceeded the experience Hoffer originally hoped to create.

“It has become incredibly popular,” he said. “So I’m pretty sure it’s not going anywhere.”

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