Church restoration a throwback to days of Kennedy wedding

St. Mary's Church restoration

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The church where John Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier married is being restored to the appearance it had when they wed in 1953.

St. Mary’s Church in Newport was the site of the Sept. 12, 1953 wedding, when Kennedy was a senator from Massachusetts. The couple worshipped there during his presidency and would sit in pew 10.

The Rev. Kris von Maluski says in 1958, a new organ was installed with pipes and casework that covered stained glass windows and architectural features.

That organ broke in 2014. As part of its restoration, von Maluski says those details will be uncovered so the church looks as close as possible to the appearance it had when the Kennedys married.

Von Maluski says the church attracts many tourists interested in the Kennedys.

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