Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Park Maintenance Building
3915 Gillham Road
The Park Maintenance Building, built in 1905, was designed as an "ornamental barn" by the master architect Adriance Van Brunt. The building, constructed of native limestonea and trimmed with vitrified brick, was to be used to house horses, sprinkling carts, and other vehicles used by the park forces. The barn originally contained twelve ordinary horse stalls, a hospital stall, wagon sheds, harness rooms, tool room, office, and a men's room. This building is one of the few remaining limestone barn complexes constructed as a park structure. It is a statement of George E. Kessler's philosophy "that all structures for operating purposes...which are artificial and more or less out of keeping with natural scenery, should never become conspicuous in either design or color...it should be so located and so screened as not to offend the eye." The barn remains an important surviving building from Kessler's work between 1893 and 1923 in Kansas City.
Dedicated in honor of Kansas City, Missouri's, 150 Anniversary on June 3, 2000
Erected 2000 by The Kessler Society.
Location. 39° 3.347′ N, 94° 34.765′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is on Gillham Road near 39th Street & Harrison Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3915 Gillham Road, Kansas City MO 64110, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eagle Scout Tribute Fountain (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major Murray Davis D.S.C. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Janssen Place Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Golf Course in Kansas City (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Harris-Kearney House (approx. half a mile away); Kansas City Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fountain (approx. 0.6 miles away); Three Trails West (approx. 0.6 miles away); James Bridger (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
Also see . . .
1. The Kessler Society of Kansas City. (Submitted on July 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Historic Preservation in Kansas City, Missouri. (Submitted on July 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Biography of Adriance Van Brunt. PDF will take a while to load (Submitted on July 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 351 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.