Historians to discuss Hare & Hare landscape firm

The State Historical Society’s Center for Missouri Studies at Kansas City will host a Sept. 14th program exploring the history and significance of the nationally renowned Hare and Hare landscape architecture firm.

The program will be at 6:30 pm at the American Institute of Architects - Kansas City, 1801 McGee St., Suite 100. There is a reception at 5:30 pm. Registration is appreciated but not required.

The program will feature a conversation between landscape historian Carol Grove and architectural historian and preservation consultant Cydney Millstein. Joan Stack, SHSMO’s curator of art collections, will moderate.

The father-and-son team of Sidney J. Hare (1860-1938) and S. Herbert Hare (1888-1960) founded the Kansas City-based architectural landscape firm of Hare and Hare in 1910. Sidney Hare worked as an assistant to George Kessler, one of the pioneers of landscape architecture and urban planning, when Kessler was designing Kansas City’s parks and boulevard system.

Hare subsequently worked as a landscape architect who specialized in parks and cemeteries. After his son S. Herbert Hare graduated from Harvard University’s fledgling landscape architecture program, the two established their own firm, with Herbert focusing on urban planning.

Within two decades Hare and Hare enjoyed a national reputation for creating “order, convenience, and beauty,” with public and private projects across the country.

Among their more well-known projects are Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Country Club District, the city of Longview, Washington, Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, and Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Villa Philbrook.

The Kimball Lecture Series, launched in 1995, is an ongoing tribute to civic leader Dr. Charles N. Kimball (1911-1994), former president of Midwest Research Institute, known today as MRIGlobal. The Kimball Lecture Series is financially supported in part by MRIGlobal. Additional support is provided by Ochsner Hare and Hare, a Design Studio of Olsson Associates.