Montmorenci Stair Hall

Walking in Jackie’s Footsteps 


In 1961, a surprising friendship was formed between the then–thirty-one-year-old First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and octogenarian Henry Francis du Pont. Jackie sought out H. F. to aid her in a project to restore the White House as a place of imposing beauty and historical significance. The First Lady visited Winterthur on May 8, 1961, to see H. F.’s home and vision of historic preservation. 


Take a walk in Jackie’s footsteps and see the color schemes, sense of design, and dedication to history that inspired her redesign of the White House. Each room on this tour offers the chance to discover how the Winterthur touch appeared in striking ways throughout the Kennedy White House.

Jacqueline Kennedy standing on the Montmorenci staircase at Winterthur, May 8, 1961. Robert Hunt Whitten, photographer; Action Photo. Winterthur Archives
Jacqueline Kennedy, H. F. du Pont, and Dana Taylor, May 8, 1961. Robert Hunt Whitten, photographer; Action Photo. Winterthur Archives