Kessler, George E.

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George Kessler

George Kessler used his vision and skill to transform early Kansas City from an eyesore to a model for the City Beautiful Movement. Before Kessler arrived here in the 1880s, the city’s west bluffs were a slum, Hyde Park was a shanty town, and Penn Valley Park was known as Vinegar Hill. His distinctive park and boulevard system brought beauty and a civilized appearance to our town.

Studio portrait of George E. Kessler. Kessler was instrumental in developing Kansas City's unique park and boulevard system.

Photograph of George E. Kessler, landscape architect and city planner.