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Did you know that a McKim, Mead, and White apartment building that was once located at  277 Park Avenue housed John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1957? John and Bobby Kennedy used two floors as 1960 Presidential Campaign offices, part of a large Park Avenue Election Headquarters. Joseph Kennedy, the family patriarch and unofficial financier of the campaign, held a suite at the nearby Waldorf Astoria while other soon-to-be cabinet members were in and out of suites at the Biltmore Hotel just to the south.

In these rooms, the Kennedy brothers and team were able to craft a plan to strategically squeak past Richard Nixon, the incumbent Vice President under Eisenhower. JFK accepted the presidential nomination at the 1960 Democratic National Convention at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Three years later on November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated, thus fortifying the memory and historical significance of all things JFK, including the land at 277 Park Avenue in New York City.

Image Source: Local Government Pictures-Library of Congress

Image Source: Library of Congress

Today, 277 Park Avenue rises high and proud into the Manhattan Midtown skyline. Fifty stories of black glass, steel, and concrete are home to a variety of tenants, but it is perhaps best known for being part of the J.P. Morgan Chase Headquarters compound which occupies 270 Park Ave and much of 277 Park.

To learn more about JFK, check out An Unfinished Life, John F Kennedy 1917 – 1963 by Robert Dallek.

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3 Comments

  1. Nat says:

    A very interesting piece of history. I am currently in college and I am doing a research project on JFK. This will definitely be an awesome part to add since the professor always wants us to find something we did not know before. I think she will enjoy this.

  2. Zach says:

    Very cool. As a former commuter into NYC for work I would see buildings like this all the time and think nothing of them. I’m a huge follower of JFK as well and would have never thought this about a building I passed by seemingly daily in my time as a wanna be Manhattanite!
    I’ve also been following @newyorkcity history now for quite sometime on instagram and my building (One Grand Central Place 42nd and Madison) was featured several times. Just a lot of fun to follow.

  3. Anne Hickey says:

    Very interesting! I love the corresponding photos! How intriguing to learn these facts so close to the sad anniversary of JFK’s demise on November 22nd. Keep up the good work…I enjoy your articles!

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