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Longview Mansion Fountain

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Location:  Longview Mansion, 1200 SW Longview Park Drive, Lee’s Summit, MO

Found:  May 22, 2016

The Historic Longview Mansion sits on what was once the Longview Farm, which was the country estate of famous Kansas Citian R.A. Long.  The mansion is now used as an event facility and is home to weddings and corporate events, among other things.  To find out more about the history of the Longview Mansion and Farm, please visit the official website here.

The fountain sits out front of the mansion in the middle of a natural amphitheatre-type area.  There is a column in the middle of a round basin and each face of the column has a very ornate decoration with a waterspout.  A jet of water comes out of each face of the column, providing the fountain effect.  The landscaping is very well kept and meticulously shaped.  Wedding ceremonies are held in the fountain area.

If you want to photograph the Longview Mansion fountain or grounds, you need to obtain permission.  This is private property so they do not appreciate people roaming around the grounds without their knowledge, especially when they have an event they are setting up for or in progress.  Also, the fountain does not operate continuously, they only have it running for events.  They have signs at the front gate, which you can find pictures of below, warning you of these facts.  If you are interested in trying to arrange a time to take photographs, use the Longview Mansion website or the phone number listed on the sign at the front gate for contact.

My thanks to Jenny Gale, General Manager and Events Coordinator, for allowing me to visit and take photos.

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Kids at Heart Fountain

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Location:  Hartley’s Plaza, 107 SE 3rd Street (about a half block east of Douglas Street), Lee’s Summit, MO

Found:  June 21, 2014

The sculpture in this fountain is Kids at Heart by Kwan Wu and it represents the first public art installation in Lee’s Summit.  The sculpture shows three children playing in the water, complete with fish and frogs.  The fountains shoot the water at the sculpture completing the scene.

The fountain sits in what is known at Hartley’s Plaza and was one of the final steps in a revitalization project of Hartley’s Block, the history of which can be read on the “newspapers” along the back wall.

The heart used to be a part of a business that was located at the corner of 3rd and Douglas.  It now resides in the plaza and represents the “heart” of downtown Lee’s Summit.

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Unity Village

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Location:  1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO

Found:  June 21, 2014

The fountains of Unity Village stretch out the length of a football field and takes up over 14,000 square feet.  There is a large fountain at the west end that have jets of water meeting together in the middle of circular formations.  The east end has a big fountain basin where water bubbles up out of the top and cascades down to the basin below.  In between are fountains and pools.  In the middle of it all is the Bridge of Faith.  There are also gardens located along the walking paths and among the pools.  There are nine other separate fountains located throughout the Unity Village campus but this fountain is the most well-known and is the centerpiece of the campus.

The Unity Village Tower, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is located to the north.  It is surrounded by a path and a prayer garden.

If you go to the website for Unity Village you can find a streaming webcam for the fountains and various pages on the history of Unity Village, the fountains and the tower, as well as what Unity Village stands for and why it was founded.

Unity Village is just north of Lee’s Summit on the other side of I-470.

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Lee’s Summit City Hall Fountain

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Location:  Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 SE Green Street, Lee’s Summit, MO

Found:  June 21, 2014

The tour of area City Halls continues with the Lee’s Summit City Hall.  These fountains are in the middle of the sidewalk near the main entrances.  I do not know why a mat was placed next to the north fountain.  A lot of landscaping in front of the building.  You can barely see the tops of the water jets over the landscaping from the street…of course, street level is lower than the entrance level.  I took a couple of pictures through some of the landscaping.  The clock tower is on the north side of the building.

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John Knox Fountain

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Location:  John Knox Village, behind Building G, 1720 NW O’Brien Road, Lee’s Summit

Found:  August 10, 2013

John Knox Village is a large retirement community located in Lee’s Summit.  The fountain can be found in a courtyard next to the parking lot behind Building G.

P.S. This is the 50th post on this blog!  🙂

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August 17, 2013 – Removed old pictures due to “smudgyness” and inserted new, cleaner pictures.

Station Park Fountain

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Location:  William B. Howard Station Park, SW 3rd Street & SE Main Street, Lee’s Summit

Found:  August 10, 2013

A small fountain in a small park called William B. Howard Station Park.  It is in downtown Lee’s Summit next to the train tracks and South of the Lee’s Summit Historical Society and Museum.  There is a memorial commemorating the various branches of the military and bricks commemorating those who gave their lives in war efforts.

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August 17, 2013 – Removed one picture due to “smudgyness” and added two cleaner pictures.

February 2, 2014 – Removed all iPhone pictures.