"J C Nichols Memorial "
Location: east side of J.C.Nichols Parkway between 47th and 46th terr , Kansas City, MO
Owner: Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation
Artist/Designer: Henri Greber
Dates: Sculpted in 1910; Installed in 1958.
This fountain is maintained by City of Fountains Foundation.
This fountain is the best-known and most-photographed of all of the city's fountains. It is located at the east entrance to the popular Country Club Plaza district. The figures were sculpted by Henri Greber in 1910 and adorned the mansion of Clarence Mackay in Long Island, NY. Over the years the fountain was vandalized and eleven parts were missing. The Nichols family initiated the purchase and installation which was funded by the family, the city and private contributions including a collection by school children in the Kansas City area. It was brought to Kansas City in 1951 and refurbished by Herman Frederick Simon and dedicated in 1960. The J. C. Nichols Memorial Fountain has four heroic horsemen which are said to represent the four rivers of the world: the Mississippi River (the Indian riding the horse and repelling an alligator), the Volga River (with the bear), the Seine and the Rhine. In 2015, a missing piece -- a dolphin and cherubim -- was restored to the fountain; it had been in Florida for decades.