JFK Presidential Library and Museum

Your Guide
Cortney Kirk, ASLA

As one arrives at the tip of the Columbia Point Peninsula, a savvy landscape historian might recognize the touch of Daniel Urban Kiley on the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. Kiley, with assistance from Rachael "Bunny" Mellon, worked to embrace the simplicity of I. M. Pei’s architecture for the museum and create a landscape that “connects the building to the sea and the open skies surrounding it.” 

Originally home to the Columbia Point landfill, the library site was transformed by Kiley, Mellon, and Pei into an oasis in the city of Boston. Completed in 1979, the library serves as an archive and museum for the late President John F. Kennedy.

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