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Pompeiian Urn

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Location:  6615 Wenonga Terrace, Mission Hills, KS

Found:  May 3, 2016

This large urn was once part of the Pompeiian Room in the old Baltimore Hotel in Kansas City, once one of Kansas City’s premier hotels, that opened in 1899.  When the hotel was demolished in 1939, the owners gave the urn to J.C. Nichols and he placed it at its current location.  It was once considered one of the premier examples of Pompeiian architecture in the United States.  I have seen information that it was once part of a fountain but I have not seen whether it was at the old hotel or at its current location.  It is not a fountain now.

It is located in a traffic circle along Wenonga Terrace.  The address above is approximate but when you reach the circle you cannot miss the urn.

There was a house under construction on the north side of the circle and so all of my pictures were taken from angles to keep the construction and everything involved out of the shots.

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Goddess of the Spring

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Location:  Mission Drive and West 55th Street, Mission Hills, KS

Found:  June 28, 2015

Across the street from the Mission Hills Country Club and Golf Course on a traffic island at the intersection of Mission Drive and West 55th sits the Goddess of the Spring.  The goddess looks to be carrying items on or in a large seashell while standing on an even larger shell.  The water comes out of that shell and falls into the pool below.  Flowers, shrubs and small trees surround the fountain.  The goddess keeps an eye on the golf course across the street.

I have been told that this fountain is named Goddess of the Spring but I have been unable so far to find anything to verify that so that is the name I am going with.  Should I ever find different, I will change the name.

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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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The Nymph

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Location:  West 69th Terrace and State Line Road, Mission Hills, KS

Found:  April 5, 2015

This sculpture by Raffaelo Romanelli was purchased and placed in 1963 and originally meant to be fountain.  However, the water features were never installed and it became just a sculptural piece.

You can see how the water features would have taken shape.  The face right underneath the nymph looks like where the water would have come out and gone down into the basin below with another face keeping an eye on the drain.

The Nymph herself sits up top.  The nude figure has definitely seen better days as it looks like the elements have not been too kind to her.  Her left arm looks to have been repaired and she is missing most of her feet.

The sculpture is located in the middle of a traffic island at West 69th Terrace on the Kansas side of State Line Road.  She is at the center of the island and is the focal point for a small park.  I took the pictures in early spring when the foliage had not yet bloomed out.  I have driven past here many times and in the summer it is very green and lush.  Perhaps I will go back in the summer and take more pictures and update this post.

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Willow Lake Fountains

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Location:   West 63rd Street and Ensley Lane, Mission Hills

Found:  April 5, 2015

AKA Eisenhower Lake.  This small lake (or large pond, depending on how you want to look at it) has two waterspouts in it.  Located a block or two west of the Mission Hills City Hall Fountain.

Originally found August 17, 2013.  I went out and took all new and more pictures, including pictures featuring the bridge at the north end of the lake.  Instead of just editing the original post, I decided to do a whole new post.

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Brookwood Fountain

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Location:  Brookwood Road and State Line Road, Mission Hills, Kansas

Found:  September 8, 2013 (original), July 4, 2014 (update)

This neighborhood fountain is located on an island on Brookwood Road at State Line Road.  Fountain consists of three children standing on a pedestal around a column.  A bowl sits on top of the column and the water bubbles out of the fountain in the bowl and then overflows down to the rectangular basin below.

I originally visited this site on September 8, 2013 but the fountain was not running at that time.   On July 4, 2014, I visited again and found the fountain to be operating.  I took all new pictures and updated this post to reflect the fountain in operation.

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Colonial Court Fountain

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Location:  West 59th Street and Oakwood Road, Mission Hills

Found:  September 8, 2013

West 59th Street separates and has a long park-like median between Oakwood and Overhill Roads.  This fountain sits at the East end of this median.  It is well landscaped with a couple of low walls that turn into benches when they get near the fountain.  The jet of the fountain is at the very top and does not shoot very high so the main feature of the fountain is the water cascading down the bowls into the basin below.

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Swan Fountain

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Location:  Verona Columns Park, Ensley Lane and Overhill Road, Mission Hills

Found:  September 2, 2013

A small park with some big features.  The focal point at the back of the park is the Verona Columns, eight in total.  In front of the columns is the Swan Fountain and in front of that is a long reflecting pool with some water jets in it.  Mission Road also intersects here.

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Belinder Court Fountain

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Location:  Intersection of Belinder Avenue, Tomahawk Road, West 65th Street and Norwood Street, Mission Hills

Found:  August 24, 2013

In the traffic circle at the intersection of the four streets mentioned above lies this fountain.  There are three children holding a basin in the middle of the fountain.  The fountain itself is in the middle of a diamond-shaped landscaping consisting of plants, flowers, grass, shrubs and trees.  A picture grabbed from Google Maps shows an overhead view of the landscaping.

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Mission Hills City Hall Fountain

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Location:  Mission Hills City Hall, 6300 State Line Road, Mission Hills

Found:  August 17, 2013

In front of the Mission Hills City Hall is this fountain.  In the middle of the fountain is a boy standing on top of a snail.  Water comes out not only from the 6 jets, but also from the snail’s antennae.

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