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John F. Kennedy Birthplace

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1909, Robert M. Goode, architect-builder. 83 Beals St.
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Joseph and Rose Kennedy acquired their first home in 1914 on a quiet sycamore-lined side street in Brookline. Constructed and presumably designed by a local architect-builder, Robert M. Goode, the two-and-a-half-story three-bay cross-gable shingled house with projecting porch was located near a streetcar line on Harvard Street. This small frame suburban dwelling of two stories is characteristic of a middle-class starter home for a young businessman who worked in Boston. Four of the Kennedy children, including John, were born here before the family purchased a larger home at 51 Abbottsford Road (NRD) in 1921. The National Park Service administers the John F. Kennedy Birthplace, which is open to the public.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Keith N. Morgan
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Keith N. Morgan, "John F. Kennedy Birthplace", [Brookline, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MA-01-BR9.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 498-498.

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