Paseo Boulevard is a major north-south, 19-mile historic parkway in Kansas City, Missouri. Built in the early 1900s and designed by the celebrated landscape architect George Kessler (1862-1923), the 223 acre parkway and was the first of Kansas City's extensive park and boulevard system constructed as part of the City Beautiful Movement. The Paseo Parkway was modeled on the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City and conceived as a series of small parks that featured formal sunken gardens, a pergola, and large fountains reminiscent of those at Versailles.
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company created a rehabilitation master plan with design principles and palette to unify the Boulevard. As with many historic urban parks and parkways, roads, trees, paths and design features were eroding or had been poorly repaired. The design principles included clearly-defined contrasts between formal and informal spaces; more direct ties to the major parks; easier and safer pedestrian access to the corridor; visual enhancement of major vistas; and visual contact with the people living in the communities bordering the corridor. A series of improvement projects were then designed by JBC to implement the master plan goals.
In 1904, George Kessler was also responsible for the plan for the University of Kansas and the World’s Fair in Saint Louis. JBC worked with the KU campus in similar historic landscape preservation and rehabilitation effort.
See the University of Kansas Campus Heritage Plan here.