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Joe and Rose Kennedy's Estate




By Steve Brawley


Known as the Kennedy Winter White House, the Kennedy's often found relaxation at the Palm Beach Florida home of JFK's parents. But they also rented a nearby house owned by C. Michael Paul. This was Rose's domain, so Jackie needed a place of her own to get away.

Jackie spent time here at her in-laws as did her husband. The famous January 1961 family pictures by Richard Avedon and the Easter 1962 pictures of JFK and his family were taken at this house and were distributed across the world. Jackie would prep her for her new role as first lady while resting after JFK Jr.'s birth.

Commemorative Plate (image showing front of Joe and Rose's home)


The Kennedys in Palm Beach

(Wire Photo)

(Tim Sukhenko)

(Tim Sukhenko)

(Tim Sukhenko)





On Jan. 3, 1961, Richard Avedon arrived at the Kennedy home in Palm Beach, Fla.

There he set up his famous white paper background, loaded his Rollieflex cameras with

2 1/4-inch film, pulled up the piano bench and began to photograph the president-elect,

John F. Kennedy, and his young family. He got a preview of Jackie in her Inaugural Gala

gown designed by Oleg Casini.

These would be the only formal photographs made between the time of the election

and his inauguration. Six of the images appeared in the February 1961 issue of Harper's Bazaar,

where Avedon was employed.

(Avedon) 1961 contact sheet.



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