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Identifier: P0126

Title: George E. Kessler Collection

Description: George Edward Kessler was born in Germany, lived briefly in the United States, and was educated in Europe where he studied botany, landscape design and civil engineering. In 1892 he returned to the United States to work as a landscape designer. In 1901 Kessler was chosen as chief landscape architect for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, and after the fair he became director of the restoration of Forest Park. In 1910 he moved his home and office to St. Louis. When Kessler died in 1923 he was nationally recognized as a landscape architect and city planner who designed over 230 projects in 23 states. He was especially noted for his work in Kansas City, Missouri. The George E. Kessler Collection contains images of parks, gardens, bridges, landscapes, roads, buildings and boulevards in Kansas City as well as lantern slides of landscape design features of 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. See also the George E. Kessler Papers in the MHS Archives. Subjects include: Boulevards: Benton, Broadway, Gillham, Gladstone, the Grove, Independence, Karnes, Linwood, The Paseo, Ward, West Pennway; Budd Park; Holmes Square; Hyde Park; North Terrace Park; Cliff Drive Park; Observation Park; Penn Valley Park; Roanoke Park; Swope Park; Washington Square and School; Congregational Church; LPE; exhibition palaces; gardens; pavilions; (more).

Rights: UND


Dates: 1893 - 1907

Type(s): Collection


Subjects: Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)


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