Sea Horse Fountain at Kansas City (MO) City Hall

July 29, 2016

Location: Kansas City, MO City Hall, 414 E 12th Street, Kansas City, MO


Owner: City of Kansas City, MO


Artist/Designer: Carl Paul Jennewein


Dates: Installed 1938, Endowed by Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation in 1996


The City of Fountains Foundation holds an endowment for this fountain.



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. This fountain facility is intricate, creating a terraced effect, as the basins are lower as they descend to the street. 


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.




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The City of Fountains Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the conservation of the historic fountains and sculptures in the Kansas City area. 

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