Country ClubPlaza Fountains

Many of Kansas City’s most famous fountains and sculptures are found on the Country Club Plaza, an outdoor museum of Romantic Spanish architecture and European art. It’s not uncommon to see a just-married bride and groom or a group of prom dates posing near the fountain at Mill Creek Park, a signature landmark. Formerly known as the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, this grand water sculpture features four heroic horsemen representing four of the world’s mightiest rivers: the Mississippi, the Volga, the Seine, and the Rhine. Additionally, four smaller figures of children play on fish but are often referred to as dolphins. 

With a vision to create a Kansas City with “more boulevards than Paris, more fountains than Rome,” a tale often told today, albeit untrue, was shared by Kansas Citians like J.C. NicholsAugust Meyer, and George Kessler. Both Meyer and Kessler were instrumental in establishing the park and boulevard system that laid the groundwork for the many fountains found in the Kansas City area today. At the same time, Nichols’ entrepreneurial expertise created the Country Club Plaza, the nation’s first suburban shopping district.

In 1923, the became the Plaza’s first fountain, “Boy and Fish Fountain,” was installed at 47th Street and Mill Creek Parkway but was later relocated to 79th Street and The Paseo in 1968. Art and architectural features are constantly being meticulously maintained and restored as the 96-year-old district continues its reign as Kansas City’s premier shopping and dining destination.

From the 8,000-pound cast lead Mythological fountain sculpture Neptune, the Roman God of the Sea, roaring through turbulent waters, or the Fountain of Bacchus surrounded by nymphs and satyrs, to sculptures Ben Franklin and the life-sized, bronze Monkey Business sculpture, the craftsmanship and presentation of these works of art make Kansas City what it is today.

Country Club Plaza Art & Architecture Guide

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