Part Two – Preserving the White House Neighborhood
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s (1961-63) contributions to make Washington DC beautiful again were closer to home during the time she resided in the White House. When redevelopment threatened the historic character of the neighborhood in Lafayette Square, across from the White House, Mrs. Kennedy used her influence to preserve both the physical surroundings and the historic buildings there, including the former dwellings of President James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison,(photo on the right) 1812 War hero Admiral Stephen Decatur, along with St. John’s Church, where almost every U.S. President has worshiped since President James Madison.
Photo on left : St. John's Church
There is a plaque on the side of Decatur House attesting to Jacqueline Kennedy’s efforts. She was also instrumental in creating the White House Historical Association www.whitehousehistory.org