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John F. Kennedy
(May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963)

1400 34th St. NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC.

John F. Kennedy is the author of Why England Slept (1940), A Nation of Immigrants (1958), and, most significantly, Profiles in Courage (1956, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in biography). Profiles concentrates on eight senators who made decisions of conscience that were initially unpopular. Those senators include: John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, and Sam Houston. A best seller, the book was later made into a television series of the same name.

Kennedy lived at seven DC locations. His first, on 31st Street, was a house he shared with Eunice and Billy Sutton from 1947 to 1950 while serving as a member of the US House of Representatives from Massachusetts’s 11th District. He lived on 34th Street from 1950 to 1953 while still in Congress. The Dent Place location, leased from Blair Childs, was his home from 1953 to 1955 while Kennedy was a US Senator. He rented Hickory Hill from 1955 to 1957 (and the following year it was leased to his brother Robert). The P Street address was his briefest; leased from Joseph Bryan, Kennedy was here only in 1957. He lived on N Street from 1958 to 1960, finishing up his term as U.S. Senator, and in the White House while serving as the 35th President of the United States, from 1961 to 1963.

Major events during his presidency include the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, and the early stages of the War in Vietnam. He was the only Catholic president, and the only President to have won a Pulitzer Prize. He was assassinated in 1963 in Dallas, TX.



1528 31st St. NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC.
3321 Dent Place NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC.
2808 P St. NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC.
3307 N Street NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC.


The Dorchester, 2480 16th St. NW, Adams Morgan neighborhood, DC.
Also home of Zenobia Camprubí Aymar and Juan Ramón Jiménez.

Architect: Francis L. Koenig. Year: 1941
This large Art Deco apartment building has 394 rental units. The building is cross-shaped, but the arms of the cross are joined off center. Another peculiarity is the long walk to the reception desk and elevators, a configuration the developers created to gain a 16th Street address.


Hickory Hill, 1147 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA.

Hickory Hill year: c. 1870
Hickory Hill has also been home to Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. The core of the house originally featured an encircling verandah; this was removed when the north wing was added in 1931.


The White House, 16000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Lafayette Square neighborhood, DC

Architect: James Hoban (with Benjamin H. Latrobe). Year: 1803
Built of Aquia Creek sandstone, this 130-room Neoclassical mansion was largely destroyed by arson during the War of 1812, and reconstructed in 1817. Additions include the South Portico (1824), the North Portico (1829), the West Wing (1901), and the Oval Office (1909). In 1949, the inside was completely gutted to stabilize the building with steel framing. The grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. in 1935. The mansion was named a National Historic Landmark in 1960.