"Sea Horse Fountain at City Hall "
Location: 414 E. 12th St.& Oak, Kansas City, MO
Owner: City of Kansas City, Missouri
Artist/Designer: Carl Paul Jennewein
Dates: Installed 1938. Endowed by the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation in 1996.
Photo Credit: Judith Burngen
This fountain is maintained by City of Fountains Foundation.
The City Hall Fountains consist of two rows of four pool basins. The northernmost sculpture of each row is a bronze mythological sea horse flanked by dolphins. The remaining basins have sculptures in the form of concave bronze seashells with dolphin heads shooting water. In 1942, the fountains were the subject of controversy. In an effort to economize for the war effort, they were turned off to save the city $1.50 per day in electricity. This fountain facility is intricate, creating a terraced effect, as the basins are lower as they descend to the street. The City of Fountains Foundation maintains the endowment for this fountain.