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C. Michael and Josephine Paul House

 

 

 

 

By Steve Brawley

Paul House, Palm Beach (UPI)


The President leased (or was loaned) the oceanfront mansion of C. Michael and Josephine Paul in Palm Beach during 1961-63. It provided he and Jackie with some privacy - away from the hectic goings on of his parent's place in Palm Beach - about a mile away.

Several charming Christmas and Easter photographs were taken at the Paul estate. It was here that JFK met with Golda Meir in Dec. 1962. A special bomb shelter was built nearby the Paul House on Peanut Island (just in case).

Jackie would stay here during the Dec. 1963 holidays after the assassination.

From Time Magazine: Dec. 15, 1961:

Come Christmas, Jack and Jackie Kennedy plan to spend their holiday in a white Palm Beach mansion (on North County Road) on loan from old family friends: C. (for Captin) Michael Paul, 59, and his wife Josephine, 60.

The home is a showpiece, with eight bedrooms, nine servants' rooms, a loggia filled with tropical greenery, a 72-ft. heated swimming pool, an ocean-view terrace and 400 ft. of beach.

Its owners are every bit as remarkable: between them, the Pauls own major stock interests in a big brokerage house, oil wells and real estate.

Easter at Paul House, 1963 (JFK Library, Cecil Stoughton)

Christmas at Paul House, 1962 (JFK Library, Cecil Stoughton)

 

Paul House (Leased/Loaned 1961-63)

Paul House Dining Room (AP Wire)

Paul House Living Room (AP Wire)

Paul House Living Room (Bod Davidoff, Kennedy Family Album)

 

Paul House Pool (AP Wire)

Dec. 24, 1961: President John F. Kennedy meets with President of Argentina, Arturo Frondizi, at the home of C.

Michael Paul in Palm Beach, Florida. Seated (L-R): Foreign Minister of Argentina, Dr. Miguel Angel Cárcano; President

Kennedy; President Frondizi; Argentine Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Emilio Donato del Carril. Standing

(L-R): Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, Robert Woodward; Dr. Carlos Ortiz de Rosas and Dr. Oscar

Camilion, both from the Argentine foreign office. (JFK Library, Cecil Stoughton)

Jan. 3, 1962: President John F. Kennedy meets with administration officials at Paul House. (L-R) Vice President

Lyndon B. Johnson; President Kennedy; Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara; Military advisor to the President

General Maxwell Taylor; Deputy Secretary of Defense Roswell Gilpatric. Palm Beach, Florida.

(JFK Library, Cecil Stoughton)

Jan. 3, 1962: President John F. Kennedy meets with administration officials at Paul House. (L-R) Vice President

Lyndon B. Johnson; President Kennedy; Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara; Military advisor to the President

General Maxwell Taylor; Deputy Secretary of Defense Roswell Gilpatric. Palm Beach, Florida.

(JFK Library Cecil Stoughton)

Jan. 3, 1962, Meeting in Paul House. (AP Wire)

Jan. 3, 1962, Meeting in Paul House. (AP Wire)

Jan. 3, 1962, Defense Meeting in Paul House. (AP Wire)

Jan. 3, 1962, Defense Meeting in Paul House. (AP Wire)

April 21, 1962: President John F. Kennedy opens the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle by sending a signal from a gold

telegraph key via a star in space from the Paul House in Palm Beach. (AP Wire)

December 26, 1962: President John F. Kennedy is shown conferring with members of the U.S. Treasury Department

and his staff in Palm Beach, Fla., Dec. 26, 1962, on the patio of the vacation White House, about his 1963 tax cut

proposal. From left to right, seated: Kermit Gordon, new budget director; Henry Fowler, undersecretary of the

Treasury; Douglas Dillon, secretary of the Treasury; Pres. Kennedy; and Stanley Surrey, assistant secretary

of the Treasury. Standing are Walter Heller, left, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors; and Theodore

Sorenson, presidential advisor. (AP Photo/William J. Smith)

Easter 1963, Kitchen of the Paul House (JFK Library/Cecil Stoughton)

Easter 1963, Kitchen of the Paul House (JFK Library/Cecil Stoughton)

Easter 1963, Kitchen of the Paul House (JFK Library/Cecil Stoughton)

Easter 1963, Living Room of the Paul House (JFK Library/Cecil Stoughton) - a pregnant Jackie smoking.

Easter 1963, Living Room of the Paul House (JFK Library/Cecil Stoughton)

Easter 1963, Living Room of the Paul House (JFK Library/Cecil Stoughton)

Easter 1963, Living Room of the Paul House (JFK Library/Cecil Stoughton)

Easter 1963, Living Room of the Paul House (JFK Library/Cecil Stoughton)

Easter 1963, Living Room of the Paul House (JFK Library/Cecil Stoughton)

Easter 1963, Living Room of the Paul House (JFK Library/Cecil Stoughton)

Easter 1963, Jukebox at the Paul House (JFK Library/Cecil Stoughton)

Christmas at Paul House, 1962 (JFK Library, Cecil Stoughton)

Christmas at Paul House, 1962 (JFK Library, Cecil Stoughton)

Christmas at Paul House, 1962 (JFK Library, Cecil Stoughton)

Christmas at Paul House, 1962 (JFK Library, Cecil Stoughton)

Christmas at Paul House, 1962 (JFK Library, Cecil Stoughton)

Christmas at Paul House, 1962 (JFK Library, Cecil Stoughton)

Christmas at Paul House, 1962 (JFK Library, Cecil Stoughton)

Christmas at Paul House, 1962 (JFK Library, Cecil Stoughton)

With Golda Meir at Paul House Dec. 1962.

Charming Photo of Jackie and John Jr. at Paul House 1963 (Mark Shaw)

Charming Photo of Jackie and John Jr. at Paul House 1963 (Mark Shaw)

Charming Photo of Jackie and John Jr. at Paul House 1963 (Mark Shaw)

Charming Photo of Jackie and John Jr. at Paul House 1963 (Mark Shaw)

 

Caroline and the President possibly at Paul House. Decor matches. (Source Needed)

The President and John Jr. take a swim at the Paul House (Easter 1963)

Kennedy home movies (Swimming at Paul House, Easter 1963)

Peanut Island Bomb Shelter (built nearby the Kennedy's Palm Beach Houses)

Peanut Island Bomb Shelter (built nearby the Kennedy's Palm Beach Houses)

 

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