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Power and Light District Fountain

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Location:  Power and Light District, near W 14th Street and Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 30, 2016

AKA H & R Block Courtyard Fountain, AKA Elements Courtyard Fountain

This double fountain is located in the Elements Courtyard in the Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City.  It is also at the foot of the steps to the H & R Block building.  The Elements Courtyard is a seasonal patio bar next to the district clock tower.

The fountain is a double-sided fountain, each side is identical to the other.  Water flows out the top and cascades down into the pool.  On the ends, there is a stairstep-type structure whereas the middle is much steeper.  In the middle of each fountain is a bowl which looks like it can hold any number of things such as lights or any other type of decorations.

The fountain and the patio bar was recently renovated.  I went up there earlier this month to get pictures but they were roped off with a sign saying they were under renovation.  I took these pictures in the morning on Memorial Day, which accounts for the lack of activity.

It is very hard to get a picture of both fountains at the same time, unless you want to count reflections in the restaurant windows.  I climbed up the stairway under the clock tower to get the photos from above and from just the way the fountains are arranged it was still kind of tough to get both fountains in one photo.

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Poindexter Fountain

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Location:  Poindexter Parking Garage, W 9th Street and Central Avenue, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 24, 2016

On the south side of the Poindexter Parking Garage, facing down Central Avenue is this fountain.  The fountain has a couple of levels with the water coming in at the top and working its way down through steel troughs and spouts to a rock lined trough.

There are a couple of representation of animals, one of a bear and the other of a bull.  These came from the facade of a another building in downtown Kansas City that has since been demolished.

The large scultpure on wall above and behind the fountain is called “Rodin Rodannadanna” and is by Donald Lipski.  It is a repeated representation of Rodin’s “The Thinker” and gets lit up at night.

Be aware, DST, the company that owns this property and other properties through downtown, is not too keen about their property being photographed without permission.  A security guard asked me to stop taking pictures.

This was my second time photographing this fountain.  The first time I was here, there was a car parked in front of the fountain and so I was unable to get straight-on photographs.  I was originally going to take a whole set of new pictures for this new post.  However, due to being stopped, I have taken the new pictures I was able to take today and combined them with my old pictures, hence the different dates in the watermarks.  The old pictures are primarily the pictures of the back of the fountain now.

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Sea Horse Fountain at Kansas City (MO) City Hall

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Location:  Kansas City (MO) City Hall, 414 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 21, 2015

On the south side of the City Hall building in downtown Kansas City is this double fountain known as the Sea Horse Fountain (not to be confused with the Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain).  The water starts at the north end from the mouth of the sea horse into the first pool.  The water then flows down to the rest of the pools.  Each of the remaining pools has a fish head in a seashell that also jets out water into its pool.  The two fountains are identical.

This fountain is in need of repair and currently does not run everyday and definitely not on the weekends.  This was only the second time I have seen it running and the first where I was able to find a parking spot a reasonable distance away to get pictures.  Speaking of parking, remember this is in downtown Kansas City, parking can be tough to find, especially if you go on a weekday.

City Hall is located across the street northwest of the Richard Bolling Federal Building and north of the Jackson County Circuit Courthouse.

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Richard Bolling Federal Building Fountain

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Location:  Richard Bolling Federal Building, 601 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  May 21, 2015

Tucked away in the back of the park in front of the Richard Bolling Federal Building is this fountain.  You hear the fountain before you see it, unless you already know where it is.  Jets are arranged in a semi-circle at the front of the fountain and shoots water to the back of the fountain and the water them flows off the ledge in the back to the pool below.

The Bolling Building is located southeast across the street from the City Hall Building of Kansas City, Missouri and east of the Jackson County Circuit Courthouse.  If you go hunting for this one, remember you are downtown and parking can be a bit of challenge, especially if you go on a weekday.

Not sure why the water was blue. Perhaps the people in charge of building and grounds at the Bolling Building are big Royals fans.

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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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Harvester KC

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Location:  UMB Bank, 1010 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 11, 2014

This fountain is based around the sculpture “Harvester KC” by Nancy Graves, which depicts typical midwestern items.  It is located in the open-air courtyard of the UMB Bank Building in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  It is accessible by the open-air entrance to the courtyard at the corner of 11th Street & Walnut Street (The building’s actual address is 1010 Grand Boulevard).  The sculpture and fountain are in a straight-line view once you enter the walkway to the courtyard.  There are 14 small water jets in the pavement in front of the sculpture and the water drains back down through the the pavement squares.

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Vision Fountain

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Location:  Arabia Steamboat Museum, 400 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO

Found:  June 23, 2014

This fountain can be found in front of the Arabia Steamboat Museum in the River Market area, north of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  The sculpture is called “The Vision” by artist Jim Brothers which features a boy sharing his vision of the future with his dog.

The fountain was not running when I took my pictures.  However, there was some loose change in the basin so that makes me think it had been running recently.  Either that, or the basin was full of rain water when the pennies were thrown in.

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Ilus W. Davis Civic Mall Fountain

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Location:  Ilus W. Davis Park, East 11th Street and Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 26, 2014

Ilus W. Davis Park, named after a former mayor of Kansas City, is located in downtown Kansas City and is bordered by East 9th and 11th Streets on the north and south, Oak and Locust Streets on the west and east and East 10th Street bisects the park.  The Civic Mall Fountain and Reflecting Pool are located in the south half of the park.  The fountains are small so that the wind doesn’t affect them too much.  Water runs down the waterfall from the fountains to the sunken reflecting pool.  In one of the pictures, you can see a bird taking advantage of the pool.  At the southwest corner of the park is a statue of Ilus W. Davis.

Kansas City City Hall is across the street to the south.  The Charles Evans Whittaker United States Courthouse is the cresecent-shaped building across the street to the north.

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William T. and Charlotte Kemper Memorial Fountain

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Location:  10th and Main Transit Center, 10th Street and Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

AKA 10th Street Fountain, AKA Transit Fountain.

At the southwest corner of the intersection of 10th Street and Main Street in downtown Kansas City is the Kansas City Transit Authority Plaza.  This is one of the two transit centers in Kansas City.  It is very common to see city buses lined up here and many people sitting waiting for the buses in the small park around and behind the fountain.

The fountain was inspired by the Fountain Basin and surrounding architecture.  It also has two modes of operation, one that emphasizes the power and movement of water and a second that minimizes water and allows the bronze sculpture to dominate.

It is located across the street from the Commerce Bank Fountains.

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Commerce Tower Fountain

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Location:  Commerce Tower, 911 Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

AKA Commerce Tower Sunken Garden Fountain, AKA Fountain of Good Life

This fountain is in a sunken garden on the south side of the Commerce Tower on Main Street in downtown Kansas City.  There is a staircase leading from the sidewalk on Main Street down into the garden.  Disabled people presumably would have to go into Commerce Tower itself and take an elevator down to the garden and use the tower entrance on the north side of the garden.  There is a deli off the garden to give the weekday downtown workers an option for lunch, which can be seen in most of the pictures.  You can see the staircase leading back up to street level in a couple as well.

The sculpture in the middle of the fountain is in the shape of a lotus blossom and is made out of bronze.  Water shoots up out of the middle and is broken up by the lotus petals.  There are a few benches around the garden for fountain watching or just to rest.  I took the pictures in April so the plants, flowers and trees around the fountain were not in full bloom yet.

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