William T. Fitzsimons Memorial Fountain

August 20, 2016

Location: The Paseo and E 12th Street, Kansas City, MO

 

Owner: KCMO Parks & Recreation Department

 

Dates: Installed 1922

 

Artist/Designer:  John Van Brunt

 

Description:

This fountain was constructed to honor the memory of William T. Fitzsimons, a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Medical Corps.  Lt. Fitzsimons was the first American officer to give his life in World War I.

 

This is a bas-relief memorial fountain which is embedded in a curved, Dakota limestone wall 19 feet high and 80 feet long.  Steps on both sides of the wall lead up to a grass deck.

 

Carved pilasters with Corinthian capitals frame a memorial plaque at the base of which is a bronze lion’s head and a carved limestone basin.  Egg and dart detail over dentils surround a semi-circular pediment and cap a garland carved entablature.  There is a bronze eagle in the center of the pediment.  Beneath the entablature is a bronze caduceus approximately 2 feet high and 2 feet wide.  Water comes out of the lion's head and into the limestone basin.

 

 

 

 

 

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