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George E. Kessler
George E. Kessler, Kansas City Architect and Landscape Engineer

George E. Kessler was born in Frankenhausen, Thueringen, Germany, July 16, 1862.  His family moved to New York City when he was in his infancy, and he secured his education in the public schools of Gotham.  He afterwards went to the University of Jena, Germany, where he took a partial classical course, going from there to Weimar and Potsdam colleges for a four years' course in gardening, botany, and engineering, preparatory to taking up landscape engineering.  He returned to New York after graduating in 1882, and took charge of some special work in Central Park, leaving after several months' residence for this city.  Soon after arriving he was placed in charge of Merriam Park by the Ft. Scott & Gulf Railroad.

     As engineer of the Board of Public Works, he planned Kansas City's magnificent park and boulevard system, having been engineer of the board since its inception in 1892.  He also planned the park systems of Topeka, and Memphis, Tenn., and the landscape work at Mt. Washington and originated and remodeled features of Elmwood and Forest Hill cemeteries, besides doing a raft of local and out-of-town lawn work.

     At present he is superintendent of parks for the Frisco System; landscape engineer of the World's Fair in St. Louis, in charge of the work; and is taking care of the Frisco System's forestry experiment at Farmington, Kas.

     Mr. Kessler is a Mason and an Elk.  He was married May 14, 1900, to Miss Ida G. Fields, of St. Louis, Mo.
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