John F. Kennedy's Homes in D.C.

John F. Kennedy’s Homes in D.C.

Because he was so young when he was assassinated in 1963, it is difficult to picture John F. Kennedy as anything but a relatively young man.  But had he lived, John F. Kennedy would have turned 97 years old today. To mark the occasion, I decided to go on a JFK-themed bike ride.

I could have ridden back out to Arlington National Cemetery to see The Eternal Flame at his gravesite. Or I could have ridden to Dallas where he was assassinated, although that would have taken more time than I had. But instead of allowing the emphasis to be on his death, I wanted the ride to focus on his life.  So I decided to ride to where he lived, or at least where he lived while he was in D.C.

Prior to being elected President, Kennedy served for six years in the House of Representatives, and then eight years in the U.S. Senate.  During those different times living in the nation’s capital, he lived in six different houses. On today’s ride I tracked them all down to see the places where he lived. It was a great day for a ride, and worth the trip to see these historical houses.

Kennedy had a preference for living in Georgetown, so all of his residences were in that neighborhood except his last one, which was downtown at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  His first D.C. home, as seen in the photo above, was at 3307 N Street (MAP).  His subsequent homes, depicted in order in the photographs below, were located at 1528 31st Street (MAP), 2808 P. Street (MAP), 3321 Dent Place (MAP), and at 1400 34th Street (MAP).

And, of course, his last and most famous residence in D.C., and where he was living at the time he died, was located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (MAP), and is named The White House.

JFKhouse02     JFKhouse01     JFKhouse04     JFKhouse05

JFK06

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Comments
  1. Another interesting one. Thanks!

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  2. amforte66 says:

    That’s a crazy looking bike you have today. I like it! 🙂

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    • Because of its orange color I named the bike Julius (Orange Julius), and it is a recumbent bike. Julius is a “Recycled Recumbent.” He was custom built from chopped up and welded together steel frames from old, unused ten speed bikes, and used components and parts. There are no newly manufactured parts, hence the recycled part of the brand name. It is a lot of fun to ride. I enjoy riding lots of different kinds of bikes. It helps keep riding fresh and interesting. You can see some of my other bikes here: https://dcbikeblogger.wordpress.com/my-bikes/.

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