Site Renovation Updates

A stack of boxes and packing supplies sit in the corner of a room
Preparing the site for renovations.


The Site is Closed for Visitor Center Renovations and Needed Maintenance

The planned renovation of the site was scheduled to begin late 2019. However, the Covid-19 Pandemic and other delays have resulted in the work being started in late 2021.

The installation of a new Visitor Center will offer greater accessibility. For the first time, wheelchair users will be able to access the Visitor Center; there will be improved bathrooms for visitors and staff; and overall, the new VC will make better use of an already small space.

In addition to the planned basement Visitor Center renovation project, work will include installation of new subsurface, stormwater drainage tanks in the back yard, replacement of all windows, exterior woodwork including shutters and gutters, front porch restoration, and interior plastering and painting. While this work is going on, the site remains closed to visitors. We anticipate that the work will be completed sometime in mid-to-late September 2023, however, we do not have a firm reopening date at this time. Please check our website for the most current information about renovation updates and reopening:

The renovation work will require on-street parking and access to the site for contractors. In order to provide access for this work, we ask that visitors refrain from parking directly in front of 83 Beals on weekdays during this time.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Supervisory Park Ranger Jason Atsales at (617) 866-8901.

All of us at John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site thank you for your continued support of our programs and activities.

Best regards,
Jason Newman, Superintendent

A view of the basement visitor center under renovations.  Building materials and cables are visible.
Visitor Center during demolition phase of renovations.


A view of the basement visitor center with building materials and cables visible.
Visitor Center during demolition phase of renovations.  The back left corner of the photo is where the old VC desk stood.


A large hole in the backyard at JFK NHS with beams and construction materials.
Current condition (9/29/22) of the South elevation yard.  Irrigation system was replaced, concrete poured, and the new Visitor Center entryway with wheelchair lift is taking shape.


A white framed window is restored by a maintenance workers whose gloved hands show in the photo
Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) maintenance worker setting and glazing original glass in skylight sash.


A copper strip separates gray plank siding and a black rooftop
Completed roof transition flashing. Soldered copper joints with the upper existing flashing folded over the replaced lower flashing.


New shingles replaced on historic JFK birthplace.
North elevation sidewall shingles were replaced due to rot damage, blended with existing shingles to preserve historic fabric without compromising function.


North elevation porch roof railing underwent repair at JFK NHS.
The North elevation porch roof railing underwent epoxy repair for rot damage associated with previous hardware attachment. Sidewall shingles were replaced as needed due to rot damage where the railing was previously attached.


Last updated: August 13, 2023

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