| images by john ecker, pantheon photography

John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, Massachusetts

JOHN F. KENNEDY LIBRARY, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Plans for the library began even before Kennedy’s untimely death.  The tradition of privately paid-for presidential libraries began with the Roosevelt library.  In 1961, the Kennedy administration approached Harvard University, seeking space next to its library for an eventual Kennedy library.  Not long after his death, the family stated its preference that the library be the only large monument to the President.  Money was raised, plans were developed and…. stagnation.  After years of challenges dealing with the site— including Cambridge residents concerned about the influx of tourists, the Harvard site was abandoned in 1975.  Columbia Point, on the grounds of the University of Massachusetts was then selected.  Jackie Kennedy personally chose architect I.M. Pei to build the magnificent structure.  What an inspired choice. The Kennedy Library opened in October 1979, more than 15 years after Kennedy’s assassination.  Photo Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor 16-85 AF-S, at 30mm, f10, 1/400 sec, 1600 ISO,

Photo by John Ecker    |    Pantheon Photography

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