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Edward C Rafferty
Dona R Boley
William H Wilson
Nancy Whitnell Harris
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A City's Fight for Beauty
Story of the parks and boulevards in Kansas City. Many photos of the Paseo and one of Penn Valley Park. One map of the city's parks.
A Stately and Serene Oasis in Kessler Park
February 13, 2011
A short description of the Colonnade and JFK Memorial in Kessler Park located at the intersection of Gladstone Boulevard and St. John Avenue. The Colonnade, designed by Henry Wright and possibly based...
An American Beauty
Article with color photos, maps, and description of the park system, featuring "The Paseo," which "received its name from the Paseo de la Rreforma, a famous boulevard in Mexico City."
Biography of George E. Kessler (1862-1923), Landscape Architect
City of the Future: A Narrative History of Kansas City, 1850-1950
Story of the initial controversy over bringing parks to the city between "reformers," those in favor of city beautification, and "mossbacks," those against it, in the late 1800s.
City-Planning Procedure: Financing Improvements by Special Assessment
Discussion about the development of Kansas City's park system as a model for New York City, with references to George Kessler and J. C. Nichols.
Dictionary of Missouri Biography
Biographical information about George E. Kessler (1862-1923), the principal designer of the park and boulevard system of Kansas City, Saint Louis, and other cities across the country. Considered "the leading...
Genius of George E. Kessler Greatest Gift to Kansas City's System of Parks
Profile of urban planner and landscape architect George E. Kessler and his designs implemented in the park and boulevard system of Kansas City, with photos and descriptions of individual parks.
George Edward Kessler
Photos and biographical article about George Kessler (1862-1923), a nationally prominent landscape architect and designer of Kansas City's park and boulevard system. Description of his life and career,...
George Kessler Collection Finding Aid
This one box collection includes 16 landscape drawings done primarily by George Kessler, dated 1910 - 1916 and covering not only Penn Valley Park and North Terrace Park in Kansas City but also projects...
George Kessler: Landscape Architect, Planner
Article about the career and influence of George Edward Kessler, or George Kessler (1862-1923), one of the nation's most important landscape architects and designer of Kansas City's park and boulevard...
Article discusses the history of the parks and boulevard system in Kansas City designed by George Kessler in 1893, as well as current improvements to existing parks and the importance of parks in the urban...
Kessler Rites Thursday: Services for Landscape Architect Will Be in St. Louis
Photo and multiple obituary articles for George Kessler (1862-1923), a prominent landscape architect and designer of the park and boulevard system of Kansas City, dying in Indianapolis on March 19, 1923...
Kessler Society Continues Namesake's Dedication to Landscape Ideals
May 8, 2008
Information on George Kessler and the local Kessler Society located at 104 W. Ninth St., Suite 30, Kansas City, Missouri. "The Kessler Society is dedicated to educating the public on the historical significance...
Men Who Are Making Kansas City: A Biographical Dictionary
Photo and bio of George Kessler, planner of "Kansas City's magnificent park and boulevard system, having been engineer of the board since its inception in 1892." Description of his life and career, born...
Midwest Landscape Architecture
Chapter from a book which features over a dozen individual landscape architects. Chapter 6 deals with George Kessler and traces his career and work including his years in Kansas City and his involvement...
Orderly City, Orderly Lives: The City Beautiful Movement in St. Louis
Comprehensive article about the early urban planning movement in Saint Louis, starting with Forest Park in the 1870s and continuing through the 1910s with a park and boulevard system and the 1904 World's...
Park and Boulevard System of Kansas City, Mo.
General description of the system of interconnected parks in the city, including how they grew with the city and beautified it, with many photos, especially of Paseo Boulevard.
Parks and Boulevards
May 31, 1905
Several references to the park and boulevard system in discussions of city politics and the "city beautiful" movement. Portraits and descriptions of those prominently involved, including George Kessler,...
Parks as a Commercial Asset
View of the system as a means of not only creating natural beauty within the city but also of increasing property values.
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