You may have noticed fencing around the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain while doing your holiday shopping on the Country Club Plaza this past December. And by now, you’ve probably noticed that the fountain statuary is missing altogether.
Thanks to $250,000 in private donations, the fountain is happily undergoing its first major renovation in more than 50 years. In addition to the sculpture cleaning and restoration, the fountain basin is undergoing repairs, pumps and motors are being replaced, a waterproof coating is being applied and damaged stones around the fountain are being replaced.
Today, we were allowed an exclusive first look at the restoration’s progress.
This project is indicative of a larger effort to repair and restore area fountains, such as The Seville Light Fountain at 47th and J.C. Nichols Parkway which hasn’t functioned in years, prior to this year’s Fountain Day on April 14.
We couldn’t be more excited that our famous city fountains are getting some much deserved love this winter.
For more information about current Kansas City fountain restorations, click here.
Photos and video courtesy of Will Gregory PR.