Richard Bolling Federal Building Fountain

June 3, 2017

Location: Richard Bolling Federal Building, 601 E 12th Street, Kansas City, MO


Owner: United States General Services Administration

 

Dates: 1965

 

Designer:  Voskamp and Slezak Architects

 

Description:

The Federal Building in downtown Kansas City was designed by the architectural firm of Voskamp and Slezak and built in 1965.  In 1994, it was rededicated in honor of Missouri Congressman Richard Bolling, who represented Missouri's Fifth District from 1949 to 1983.  Part of the design of the building was a small park on the northwest side of the building.  It radiates out in a circular pattern from the building creating a green, shady oasis in the middle of downtown Kansas City.  The farther you go into the park, the farther it seems to take you from the hustle and bustle of downtown.

 

In the southeast corner of the park, next to the building is this semi-circular fountain.  The brick-lined fountain features a row of waterspouts shooting water towards the back of the fountain in a tight arcing pattern.  The water in the fountain is frequently dyed blue in support of the Kansas City Royals and dyed pink during breast cancer awareness month.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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