Kessler's Historic Parks and Boulevards: A Green Framework for a Great City

APA Missouri Chapter


Tuesday, March 5, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. CST

Kansas City, MO, United States

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Born and trained in Germany, landscape architect George Kessler arrived in the Kansas City area in 

1881 and soon began work on a valuable and lasting legacy: a system of parks and boulevards that 

became one of the city’s defining features. This presentation continues the Making a Great City 

series, moving its focus to the past, present, and future of Kansas City’s parks and boulevards 

system and its role in shaping the city.

At this program, planners will:


(1) Review George Kessler’s background and how it shaped his vision for Kansas City and other 

cities in the United States;


(2) Explore the political and financial support systems for American cities that helped ensure the 

implementation of a vision;


(3) Discuss the past, present, and future role of Kansas City’s parks and boulevards systems and 

its role in shaping the city; and


(4) Network with other related professions such as landscape architecture, engineering, parks and 

recreation, and conservation.




Kurt Culbertson

Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, is the Chairman and CEO of Design Workshop. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Culbertson holds a master’s degree in business administration in real estate from Southern Methodist University. He received his doctorate from Edinburgh College of Art. Kurt joined Design Workshop in 1979. He is ... Read More

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Deanne N. Winkelmann AICP,