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Hilton Garden Inn Fountain

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Location:  Hilton Garden Inn, 19677 E Jackson Drive, Independence, MO

Found:  June 5, 2016

This neat fountain is in front of the Hilton Garden Inn on Jackson Drive in Independence.  It is east of the Independence Center mall and not far from I-70 sitting among restaurants, the Hereford House shares the same parking lot, and shops.

There is a big basin with flowers and plants in it.  The water flows out of the basin through five gaps and cascades into the irregularly shaped pool below.

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The Elms Fountains

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Location: The Elms Hotel and Spa, 401 Regent Street, Excelsior Springs, MO

Found:  May 7, 2016

The historic Elms Hotel and Spa has been around for 125 years and has been frequented by celebrities, politicians and notorious people.  It is also haunted by friendly spirits and has been featured on the show Ghost Hunters.  Visit the hotel website to find out more about its history.

As for the fountains, there are two in front of the hotel.  One is right in front of the hotel in a traffic circle.  The other one is at the north end of Elms Boulevard at St. Louis Avenue in the median.  The one at St. Louis Avenue is a two-tiered fountain with an ornate, geometric shaped basin.  The one at the hotel is a three-tiered fountain flowing down into a round basin.

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Briarcliff Hilltop Fountain

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Location:  Briarcliff Hilltop, 1251 NW Briarcliff Parkway, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 14, 2016

In the Briarcliff area of Riverside is this fountain.  It is in front of and along the entrance to the area with the Courtyard Hotel and the Briarcliff Hilltop Office Building.

The water comes out the top and into the top basin and then into the middle basin and down into the pool.  Around the bottom are three seated women in different poses.  In between each pair of women, there is a lion’s head that has water coming out of its mouth down into the seashell below it.  The outside of the pool has a repeating pattern on it.

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Beaumont Fountain at Chateau Avalon

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Location:  Chateau Avalon, 701 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS

Found:  June 25, 2014

The Beaumont Fountain is named after its creator, Steve Beaumont, who also created the Chateau Avalon luxury hotel.  It is inspired by the Fontaine De Mers at Palace de Concorde in Paris, France.  At 29 feet tall and 48 feet in diameter, it is the largest structural fountain in the Kansas City area.  It boasts colored LED lighting at night.  The fountain is made up of mythological figures on both levels.  Water starts at the very top and cascades down.  The figures around the outside of the lower basin are mer-people and are each hold a fish that shoots a stream of water up toward the second level.  There are benches and tables surrounding the fountain and it is located in a traffic island in front on the hotel.

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Argosy Hotel Fountain

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Location:  Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa, 777 Argosy Casino Parkway, Riverside, MO

Found:  May 10, 2014

This fountain forms the round-a-bout in front of the hotel portion of the Argosy complex.  The Argosy Casino Fountain is to the west.

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Argosy Casino Fountain

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Location:  Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa, 777 Argosy Casino Parkway, Riverside, MO

Found:  May 10, 2014

In front of the casino part of the Argosy complex of Mediterranean-themed buildings is this fountain.  At first I thought maybe it was an old-style lamp, but I’m not really sure.  Water shoots out the top, then cascases down the curves and into the basin below.  The Argosy Hotel Fountain is to the east.

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Sheraton Crown Center Fountain

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Location:  Sheraton at Crown Center Hotel, Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 7, 2013

In the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel at Crown Center is this fountain.  It is the center and focal point of the lobby.  The fountain consists of what looks to be a large granite block with textured sides sitting in the middle of a basin.  Water gently flows out of the top of the block and over the sides into the basin.  The artwork pictured hangs over the lobby above the fountain.

This used to be a Hyatt Regency hotel and the fountain used to be different, without the marble block and with small fountain jets in the middle of the basin.

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Residence Inn Fountain

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Location:  Marriott Residence Inn, 4601 Broadway, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO

Found:  August 17, 2013

At the corner of West 46th and Broadway on the southwest corner of the building is this wall fountain.  The hotel is a block North of the Plaza.  There is a bench on either side of the fountain.

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September 2, 2013 – Removed old pictures.  Added new pictures.

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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Westin Crown Center Hotel Lobby Fountain

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Location:  Westin Hotel, 1 East Pershing Road, Crown Center, Kansas City, MO

Found:  July 14, 2013

Located inside the Westin Hotel at Crown Center.  When you enter the hotel, go through the lobby to the escalators and go up and you will be greeted by the sight of this waterfall.  The rock formations were exposed during construction and were incorporated into the fountain.  A man-made stream runs through the foliage providing the water for the waterfall.  A more detailed description of the falls can be found on the plaque.

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September 7, 2013 – Removed old pictures.  Added new pictures.  Updated text.