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Sunset Building Fountain

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Location:  Johnson County Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 South Sunset Drive, Olathe, KS

Found:  August 31, 2014

This fountain and reflecting pool is located at Johnson County’s Sunset Drive Office Building north of Olathe.  It is at the main entrance of the building and can cross a bridge over the pool from the parking lot to the entrance if they so choose.  There is a small bubbling fountain near the windows next to the entrance.  Water flows down over a small fall and then turns 90 degrees and goes to the end of the pool.

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Civic Center Park Reflecting Pool

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Location:  East Santa Fe Street and Chestnut Street, Olathe, KS

Found:  May 3, 2014

In 2013, the city of Olathe began construction to turn downtown properties into park space.  This lot is across the street to the east of Olathe City Hall and R.R. Osborne Plaza.  There is a small fountain set in amongst limestone blocks and water gently flows from the top pool down to the lower pool.  Along the sidewalks on the north side of the pool are plaques commemorating each of the six Olathe residents who went on to become the Governor of Kansas.  This park was formally opened and dedicated on April 25, 2014.  It is across the street from the Civic Center Park Fountain.

At this time, I do not know if the fountain has a specific name.  After some research, this park and the one across the street are apparently referred to as Civic Center Park with perhaps directional modifers, North and South on them (this one would be the north park if that is so).

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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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Delbert J. Haff Circle Fountain

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Location:  East Meyer Boulevard, Askew Avenue and Swope Parkway, Kansas City

Found:  September 14, 2013

In front of the Meyer Boulevard entrance to Swope Park is this large traffic island (it is 600 feet long) containing these fountains and the large reflecting pool in which they reside.  This is one of Kansas City’s larger water features as the pool measures 160 feet long by 60 feet wide.  It is surround by a low stone wall.

At the west end of the pool is a sculpture memorial for Delbert J. Haff, who was a Parks Commissioner in the early 20th century.  It is a bust set on a high stone platform and is covered.  The bust is looking east toward Swope Park.  I tried to get an over-the-shoulder shot of the fountains, but I wasn’t quite tall enough.  I had to settle for a side-of-the-bust shot instead.

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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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One Sun/34 Moons

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Location:  Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Found:  June 23, 2013

Not really a fountain, but it is listed with the City of Fountains Foundation, so here it is.  This is a large reflecting pool on the North side of the Nelson-Atkins museum.  The large yellow object is the sun.  Arranged around it are 34 “moons.”  Each moon is actually a skylight down into the parking garage below.  At night, the lights in the parking garage make the moons glow.  The picture above was taken from the steps of the museum to the south.  One of the shots below includes one of the museum’s iconic shuttlecocks in the background.  The last two shots are of the skylights from within the parking garage.

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November 29, 2013 – Went to Nelson-Atkins at night and took some pictures.

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Ward Parkway Mirror Pool Fountain

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Location:  Ward Parkway between West 61st Terrace and West 62nd Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  July 5, 2013

In the median of Ward Parkway between 61st and 62nd sits the Ward Parkway Mirror Pool.  It takes up nearly the entire block.  Originally a reflecting pool, used at times for miniature boating and ice skating, the fountains were added in 1965.  It is a couple of blocks North of the Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain.

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September 8, 2013 – Removed old picture.  Added new pictures.

Four Fauns Fountain

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Location:  314 Nichols Road, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO

Found:  July 20, 2013

A small rectangular pool with a faun sitting at each corner blowing a stream of water into the pool.  A couple of nearby benches allows people to sit and take a break of the nearby busy Plaza sidewalk.  This fountain is located a little ways West of the Allen Memorial Fountain.  It is right next to the MAC Cosmetics store and West of Starbucks.

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South Garden Reflecting Pool

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Location:  National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  July 14, 2013

A tiered fountain and waterfall that flows down to the reflecting pool in front of the entrance to the World War I Museum.  One of the pictures below was taken from above the museum at the Liberty Memorial.

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

Hallmark Corporate Fountain

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Location:  Hallmark Corporate Headquarters, 2501 McGee Trafficway, Kansas City, MO

Found:  July 27, 2013

The six fountains are up by the entrance.  The water flows down the pools that stretch out and down into the parking lot.  Hallmark’s headquarters are located back from the road, kind of behind a church and South of the main part of Crown Center, although the Hallmark complex does stretch back over to Crown Center.

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