JC Nichols Renovation

This winter the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain is undergoing repairs and renovations.  Please see the articles linked below from the Kansas City Star for more information.

Statues removed from Plaza’s iconic J.C. Nichols Fountain
Photo gallery: The J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain dismantled for repairs

The fountain is expected to ready for Fountain Day next April!

Lake Lenexa

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Location:  Black Hoof Park, 9053 Monticello Road, Lenexa, KS

Found:  November 29, 2014

Lake Lenexa can be found in Black Hoof Park off of Monticello Road.  Lake Lenexa is probably best known for its dam and spillway.  The dam and spillway are an excellent combination of art and function.  I would try to explain what each part of the spillway signifies but it is easier to point you to the picture of the spillway information plaque.  It points out each element of the spillway and what it signifies.

Not exactly a fountain but it does have a fountain element and also a “waterfall” element.  Plus, it’s just so cool looking that it needs to be brought to everyone’s attention.  I need to go back out there in the spring or summer when all the plants are green and the flowers are blooming.  I’m sure the whole thing looks more impressive with the greenery and flowers.

The slippery path and ice signs are located on the walking paths around the lake and spillway.

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Montebella Waterfall

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Location:  Montebella, 4587 NW Northwood Road, Riverside, MO

Found:  October 19, 2014

This waterfall is part of the upscale Montebella community and is located north across the street from the entrance to Park Hill South High School on NW Northwood Road.  As you can see from the pictures, this thing is massive.  The Montebella designers really like their cut stone as they have a large structure and landscaping built out of them at the corner of NW Northwood and Highway 9 to the south.  There have been some trees planted between the waterfall and the road and there is a lonely little bench in front of the waterfall as well.

Another nod to my fellow fountain hunter Alexis as she found this waterfall, although it was dry at the time, about a month or so ago.  This was the second time I had visited the site and the first time I saw it running.

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Double Monopole

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Location:  Kansas City International Airport, Kansas City, MO

Found:  October 19, 2014

Located in the median of Cookingham Road at Kansas City International Airport, the Double Monopole was designed and built by Keith Sonnier as part of Kansas City’s One Percent for Art program.  It was built over a period of about one and a half years from 2004 to 2006 and it was officially dedicated in 2006.

The steel structures are 60 feet tall.  The south monopole is 60 feet wide while the north one is 80 feet wide.  It is used as a beacon for travellers entering or exiting the airport on the ground or in the air.  The blue and red neon lights are lit up from dusk to dawn.  In the day photos facing west, you can see the air control tower in the background.

The fountain features of this artwork uses water pumped from the reservoir across the street to the north.  The fountains are environmentally friendly in that they are used to help aerate the water from the reservoir, some of which is collected as runoff from the airport streets and runways.

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Briarcliff Village Fountain

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Location:  Briarcliff Village, 4151 N Mulberry Drive, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 27, 2014

In the Briarcliff Village shopping area outside of the Piropos restaurant.  You can see it when you enter the shopping area.  Made of white marble or faux marble.  Small in diameter but fairly tall, maybe 10 feet.  I had actually visited this fountain twice before but this was first time I found it running.

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9th & Broadway Bench Fountain

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Location:  West 9th Street and Broadway Boulevard, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 21, 2014

Actually found by fellow fountain hunter Alexis Bechtold and she asked me if I knew anything about it.  Despite driving by it numerous times when I was based out of my employer’s downtown office for a few months, I never noticed it until she mentioned it to me.

At street level there is a semi-circular bench under some trees.  The fountains are behind it.  They empty into a pool behind the bench and then that pool empties through the animal’s (I think it’s a lion) head down into a lower pool, which is also located behind a bench.  I believe these areas are meant as rest areas for workers in the building judging by the No Smoking signs present.  If I ever find out if this has a name, I will change the name of this post.

The sculpture “The Descent of Civilization aka Bison Memorial” is just outside the tree covered bench at street level.

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Poindexter Fountain

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Location:  Poindexter Building, West 9th Street and Central Avenue, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 21, 2014

Located in front of the historic Poindexter Building in downtown Kansas City under the large Rodinrodinadanna sculpture on the wall.  Water bubbles out of the top and into several pools and troughs and many different cascades down to the pool below.  The bull and bear used to be part of a different building in downtown KC that was torn down.  There were a couple of cars parked right in front of the fountain so I was unable to get a front view wide shot with the fountain and the sculpture together.  If I get it later, I will add it at that time.

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Independence Plaza Fountains

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Location:  Independence Plaza Park, Independence Avenue and Park Avenue, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 21, 2014

Independence Plaza Park is actually two parks on both sides of Independence Avenue.  The north park has a playground.  The fountains are in the one on the south side of the road.  There are two identical fountains in the park and, other than a couple of benches and the sidewalks, they are the only things in the south park.

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Westwood (KS) Fountain

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Location:  Mission Road and West 47th Street, Westwood, KS

Found:  September 21, 2014

Small fountain for the city of Westwood, Kansas (not to be confused with Westwood Hills, KS or Westwood, MO) located on the southeast quad of the intersection of West 47th and Mission Road.  There are 5 water jets in a slightly sunken fountain surrounded by decorative brick work and landscaping with a sign for the City of Westwood in the back.

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Carl J. Dicapo Fountain

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Location:  Kessler Park, 4164 Cliff Drive, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 21, 2014

The Carl J. DiCapo fountain is a recirculating waterfall using natural rock and a cliff-side setting to bring attention to a natural spring.  It is located in Kessler Park along the Cliff Drive Scenic Byway.  It’s very tall, I’d say about 30 feet, maybe taller.  You can hear the roar of the falls before you see it.  The address above is an approximate address designed to give you the location on Google Maps.

A note about Kessler Park.  The roads within Kessler Park are closed to vehicular traffic on the weekends (I took a picture of the sign on the park gate which is below).  So, if you go hunting for this one on the weekend you will need to park your car at the park gate at the east end of Cliff Drive where it meets Gladstone Boulevard and then walk in (or bike, skate, skateboard or whatever floats your boat).  It is about a quarter mile west of the park gate.  Also, if you follow the walking path along the north side of Gladstone you will eventually come across a large electrical cabinet.  Next to that cabinet is a dirt path into the woods that leads to the top of the waterfall.

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