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Unity Village Unveils Kansas City’s Largest...
Unity Village Unveils Kansas City’s Largest Fountain
September 11, 2010
By Tribune Staff
Tribune Photo / Fred Poese
Thursday, September 9th Unity Village commemorated the unveiling of its beautiful new $3.1 million central courtyard fountain. The event celebrated the generosity of thousands of donors and symbolized the flow of abundance within each of us. The dreary evening was not noticed by the large crowd who enjoyed Kansas City jazz legend Tim Whitmer, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres and a live concert from Broadway entertainer Rosena Hill and Unity of New York’s inspiring musical ensemble, Spiritus.
The new central courtyard fountain features individual sprays that flow inward from both sides, representing the concept of individuals coming together in unity. Once completed, the main fountain--330 feet long and 33 feet wide--will be visible as a whole. Two additional reflecting pools--each just over 48 feet long--at either end of the central pool will add to the overall effect.
This historical fountain is being restored to represent the original reflective pool designed by Rickert Fillmore, son of Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, and constructed in 1953-1954. Rickert, an artist and architectural enthusiast, created the master plan for Unity Village and oversaw its construction from 1929 until his passing in 1965. Additional enhancements of the project include lighting throughout the courtyard and new walkways and plantings. These features collectively tie into the natural setting of the Unity Village campus and its Mediterranean-style architecture.
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