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Plaza Wall Fountain

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Location:  Country Club Plaza, 421 W 47th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 12, 2016

This wall fountain on the Plaza is located between Nani Nalu and the entrance to the parking garage right there and across the street from Barnes & Noble.  Simple wall fountain with the water coming out of the mouth of what looks like an angel and running into the seashell-shaped basin.  I am assuming it is an angel because it looks like there are wings on either side of the face.

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William Volker Memorial Fountain & Waterfall

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Location:  Theis Park, Volker Boulevard and Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 12, 2016

As part of the 2016 Fountain Day ceremony, the repaired and renovated William Volker Memorial Fountain was dedicated.  Not only is the fountain and the sculptures contained within repaired and renovated, the waterfall is now operational.

You can read my original post about the fountain here and use that post to compare and contrast the changes and renovations made to the fountain.

The waterfall had not run for many years.  It was originally designed to use water out of Brush Creek, which as many Kansas Citians know, is not the cleanest source of water.  Over the years, the silt and mud (and whatever else got sucked into the fountain) mucked up and clogged up the plumbing and filtration system faster than it could be cleaned out eventually rendering the waterfall inoperable.  But now, everything is fixed and working and it looks great.

The fountain up top also got repaired and renovated.  The basins were redone to replace cracking and leaking materials.  The bases for the sculptures were redone.  The sculptures were removed from the site and while gone were repaired and cleaned up and they made their return on April 7.  The water spouts and jets now shoot higher.

Everything looks great and as good as new now!

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Mission Hills Fountain

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Location:  West 56th Street, High Drive and East Mission Drive, Mission Hills, KS

Found:  June 28, 2015

While looking for the Goddess of the Spring, I took a wrong turn and came across this fountain that I did not know existed until today.  It is in a traffic island at the intersection of the three streets listed above.

The fountain features an angel or cherub holding what looks to be a fish of some sort.  Water is coming out of the fish’s mouth as well as from inside the top ring.  The water falls down to the bottom ring and flows over the side into the basin below.  The shrubbery is very obviously cut into a distinct pattern and I have included a Google Map picture below to show what it looks like from above.

The fountain is located in the Mission Hills subdivision in Mission Hills, Kansas.  Until I am able to find another name for it, I will refer to it as the Mission Hills Fountain.  It is located approximately a block or so east of the Mission Hills Country Club and Golf Course.

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William Volker Memorial Fountain

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Location:  Theis Park, Volker Boulevard and Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

Located at the south end of Theis Park along Brush Creek facing Volker Boulevard.  From this location, you can see the Nelson-Atkins Museum to the north along with two of the shuttlecocks.

The sculpture in the center is of St. Martin of Tours, a patron saint of France, on horseback about to share his coat with the beggar below.  Around the saint and the beggar are an angel sitting, a confused faun and a flying angel.  The artist who created the sculptures had a sense of humor as the seated angel is wearing a wristwatch and the flying angel is holding its flute backwards.

Behind the fountain is the Brush Creek Waterfall which is currently not running.  I am not sure if it is operable or not.  I could swear I read somewhere that it is needed repairs.  Should it get repairs and/or I find it running, I will remove those pictures from this page and create its own page.

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Romanelli Gardens Fountain

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Location:  Romanelli Island, West 69th Street and Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 2, 2013

Romanelli Island is an island formed by West 69th Street, Edgevale Road and Wornall Road.  The sculpture consists of three cherubs around a goose with the water coming out of the goose’s bill and falling into the basin below.  Water then flows out of the basin through the ram’s heads at either end.  The island is at the entrance of the Armour Fields section of Kansas City.  To the east you can make out the Armour Center Fountain.

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Diana

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Location:  Intercontinental Hotel, 401 Ward Parkway, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO

Found:  July 20, 2013 (original), May 12, 2016 (update)

Sculpture of Diana surrounded by cherubs sits in a pool in front of a waterfall.  According to the plaque this is one of only two castings of this sculpture and the only one in bronze.  It is a very detailed sculpture.  It even features Diana’s bow laying beside her.

The waterfall measures 17 feet tall and 56 feet across.  Fountain is in front of the Intercontinental Hotel at the corner of Ward Parkway and Wornall Road across Brush Creek from the Plaza.

This post has been updated with new pictures.  The pictures that had been on this post had been taken in the morning which put the sculpture and waterfall in shadow.  These new pictures were taken in the afternoon and everything shows up much better.

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