{Throwback Thursday} #KCParks125A thorn in the side of the Kansas City Park Department and George Kessler’s plan to build a grand parkway called The Paseo was Chace School.The school opened at the southeast corner of 14th and Flora in 1881. It was named for former Mayor Charles A. Chace, who was on the School Board from 1873 until 1884. Mr. Chace served as Mayor of Kansas City from 1877 until 1881. When George Kessler made plans to build The Paseo in the 1890s, Chace School was an active school. As work on the roadway continued houses, apartments and other buildings were condemned or purchased along Grove Street and Flora Avenue. The school district was not as cooperative in relinquishing the school property. As buildings were torn down to build The Paseo along Grove and Flora, the school building really stood out.George Kessler said in an 1898 article, “It has always been a part of the park plans….to remove the Chace school building from the Paseo, in which no structures are wanted. The city could not condemn it in the other proceedings, and just how it will be purchased I cannot say.” [Kansas City Star, Nov. 23, 1898, p 2]Classes continued in the school for several more years and discussions about the fate of the school building also continued. Finally in 1913 the school was torn down.The “For Sale” sign on the school in this 1913 photograph meant that the building was for sale and the person who purchased the building was expected to take it apart and move all of it away. The building was sold to O. C. Link for $1,518. #TBT #KCParks #ThrowbackThursday | KC Parks Instagram Photos

{Throwback Thursday} #KCParks125A thorn in the side of the Kansas City Park Department and George Kessler’s plan to build a grand parkway called The Paseo was Chace School.The school opened at the southeast corner of 14th and Flora in 1881. It was named for former Mayor Charles A. Chace, who was on the School Board from 1873 until 1884. Mr. Chace served as Mayor of Kansas City from 1877 until 1881. When George Kessler made plans to build The Paseo in the 1890s, Chace School was an active school. As work on the roadway continued houses, apartments and other buildings were condemned or purchased along Grove Street and Flora Avenue. The school district was not as cooperative in relinquishing the school property. As buildings were torn down to build The Paseo along Grove and Flora, the school building really stood out.George Kessler said in an 1898 article, “It has always been a part of the park plans….to remove the Chace school building from the Paseo, in which no structures are wanted. The city could not condemn it in the other proceedings, and just how it will be purchased I cannot say.” [Kansas City Star, Nov. 23, 1898, p 2]Classes continued in the school for several more years and discussions about the fate of the school building also continued. Finally in 1913 the school was torn down.The “For Sale” sign on the school in this 1913 photograph meant that the building was for sale and the person who purchased the building was expected to take it apart and move all of it away. The building was sold to O. C. Link for $1,518. #TBT #KCParks #ThrowbackThursday

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