Historic Rhode Island mansion used by Jackie Kennedy is destroyed by massive fire

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Mansion That Jackie Kennedy Visited Before JFK Wedding Is Destroyed in Fire

Fire investigators were combing the smoldering wreckage of the historic Stonor Lodge on Friday, after a massive blaze destroyed the once-magnificent estate.

The 9,000-square-foot Rhode Island mansion was undergoing renovations when the fire broke out, authorities said. Construction workers were on the site when flames erupted.

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There goes the neighborhood. And a couple million... #structureFire #toast #newportri

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The grand home hosted Jacqueline Bouvier on the eve of her Newport society wedding to John F. Kennedy in 1953 and is located in the posh landscape of vacation estates frequented by the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts.

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Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-MA) and his bride, the former Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, leave St. Mary's Catholic Church following their wedding in Newport, RI, September 12, 1953. Archbishop Richard J. Cushing of Boston officiated at the ceremony. (AP Photo)
Senator John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., is shown with his bride, the former Jacqueline Bouvier, leaving a Newport, RI church after their wedding on September 12, 1953. (AP Photo)
U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., and his bride, the former Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, cut their wedding cake during a reception following thier marriage Sept.12, 1953 at Newport, R.I. (AP Photo)
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and Senator John F. Kennedy (D-Mass.) will be married at a nuptial mass officiated by Abp. Richard J. Cushin of Boston in St. Mary's Church, Newport, R.I., September 12, 1953. Undated photo of Jacqueline Bouvier in her wedding gown. (AP Photo/Bradford Bachrach)
The engagement of Miss Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, 23, to U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D-Mass) has been announced by her mother and stepfather Mr.and Mrs. Hugh D. Auchincloss of Newport, R.I., June 25, 1953. Undated photo. Associated Press photo from Glogau. (AP Photo)
Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., and his fiancee, Jacqueline Bouvier, prepare a sailfish boat for sailing at Hyannis, Mass., June 27, 1953. (AP Photo)
Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., and his fiancee Jacqueline Bouvier, 23, pose on the lawn of the Kennedy residence during their weekend visit at Hyannis, Ma., on June 27, 1953. The couple announced their engagement June 23. (AP Photo)
U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D-Mass) and his fiancée Miss Jacqueline Bouvier, 23, smile happily as they prepare for a game of tennis at the Kennedy residence at Hyannis, Massachusetts on June 27, 1953, where they are spending the week-end. Miss Bouvier is from Newport, R.I., and McLean, W. Va. The couple's engagement was announced on Tuesday. (AP Photo)
Jacqueline Tortorice, second from right, of Los Angeles, Calif., leans forward Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston as she examines the wedding gown worn by Jacqueline Bouvier for her marriage to John F. Kennedy, which took place in Newport, R.I., on Sept. 12, 1953. Included in the exhibit are the red woolen suit Mrs. Kennedy wore during her televised tour of the White House, as well as film footage and numorous historic objects pertaining to the Kennedy Administration. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) stand in front of St Mary's Church after their wedding ceremony, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) stand in front of St Mary's Church after their wedding ceremony, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) arrives at St Mary's Church for her wedding to John F Kennedy, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) is escorted to St Mary's Church by her stepfather, Hugh D Auchincloss (1897 - 1976) for her wedding to John F Kennedy who walked her down the aisle, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
General view of the guests at the reception the newly wed future US President John F Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy , Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Elevated view as well-wishers gather around the car that carried newly wed future US President John F Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy to their wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) hold hands as they cut the cake at their wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
View of the head table of at the Kennedy wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. Among those pictured are Robert Kennedy (1925 - 1968) (seated, second left), bride Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (seated, center) (in a Battenburg wedding dress), groom and future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) (seated second, right); standing behind them is Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921 - 2009). (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) stand in front of St Mary's Church after their wedding ceremony, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Portrait of future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) (middle row, center) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress), as they pose with their groomsmen, among them Kennedy's brothers Ted Kennedy (1932 - 2009) (middle row, left) and Robert Kennedy (1925 - 1968) (middle row, second right) on the day of his wedding, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
View from behind of Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) as she dances with her husband, future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) at their wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
NEWPORT, RI - SEPTEMBER 12: Senator Leverett Saltonstall congratulates Sen. John F. Kennedy at the wedding reception as Kennedy's wife, Jacqueline Bouvier, looks on, Sept. 12, 1953. (Photo by Charles McCormick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
American future First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) poses with her husband politician and future US President John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) immediately after their wedding at Hammerstein Farm Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Jacqueline Bouvier (C), bride of Sen. John F. Kennedy, wearing a gorgeous off-the-shoulder wedding dress. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sen. John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline (C), standing with a group of ushers. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Flower girl Janet Auchincloss holding up a wedge of wedding cake for bridegroom Sen. John Kennedy as her half-sister bride Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy looks on in amusement at table during formal luncheon at their wedding reception at her mother's estate. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sen. John Kennedy & his bride Jacqueline in their wedding attire, as they sit down together at table to begin eating a pineapple salad at formally set table outdoors at their wedding reception. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Former US Amb. to Great Britain Joseph Kennedy, dancing with son John F. Kennedy's bride, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, at their wedding reception held at her mother's home. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
A little girl smelling a flower at John F. Kennedy's wedding reception. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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For generations, it was owned by the Drexel family. Nonie Drexel sold the house in 2012.

Reached in Scotland by NBC10-TV, Drexel said: "It's so sad to think that it's gone."

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She never thought of it as a mansion, she said.

"It was a really fun, happy place. Honestly, it wasn't grand. Like, it rambled. You went from room to room to room," she said.

The property dates to 1870.

"It had been put together with so many additions. It would have been a nightmare for a home decorator, but for a child growing up, it had all these nooks and crannies. It was a magical place," Drexel said.

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