{Throwback Thursday} #KCParks125 #TBT #KCParksWhile George Kessler is known as being the major designer and planner in the early days of the Kansas City park and boulevard system, he had a younger sister Fredericka Antoine, called Antoinette, who was a talented artist and did occasional work in her brother’s landscape architecture office. The only example the Park Department has of her work is a sketch she did for a sunken garden design in 1908 for the garden at 12th and The Paseo. The photo here from 1910 shows a “before and after” picture of this area. The “before” is before the work was done to improve and enhance the area. The “after” shows Miss Kessler’s design for the sunken garden. Antoinette Kessler was one year younger than George. She was born in Germany in 1863. The family moved to the United States in 1865 when she was two years old and George was three. Years later, their mother took both back to pursue various studies. While George studied botany, landscape design and engineering, Antoinette studied landscape art and design.When George moved to this area in 1882, his mother and sister came with him, his father having died several years earlier. When he moved to St. Louis to work on the St. Louis World’s Fair, his mother and sister moved there with him. After George’s death in 1923, Antoinette traveled and then moved back to Kansas City in 1936. She died in 1947. #WomensHistoryMonth | KC Parks Instagram Photos

{Throwback Thursday} #KCParks125 #TBT #KCParksWhile George Kessler is known as being the major designer and planner in the early days of the Kansas City park and boulevard system, he had a younger sister Fredericka Antoine, called Antoinette, who was a talented artist and did occasional work in her brother’s landscape architecture office. The only example the Park Department has of her work is a sketch she did for a sunken garden design in 1908 for the garden at 12th and The Paseo. The photo here from 1910 shows a “before and after” picture of this area. The “before” is before the work was done to improve and enhance the area. The “after” shows Miss Kessler’s design for the sunken garden. Antoinette Kessler was one year younger than George. She was born in Germany in 1863. The family moved to the United States in 1865 when she was two years old and George was three. Years later, their mother took both back to pursue various studies. While George studied botany, landscape design and engineering, Antoinette studied landscape art and design.When George moved to this area in 1882, his mother and sister came with him, his father having died several years earlier. When he moved to St. Louis to work on the St. Louis World’s Fair, his mother and sister moved there with him. After George’s death in 1923, Antoinette traveled and then moved back to Kansas City in 1936. She died in 1947. #WomensHistoryMonth

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