Fountain of the PioneersFountain of the Pioneers
Kalamazoo Business and Professional Women’s Club held a competition, awarding the first place $250 prize to Marcelline Gougler, University of Illinois art instructor who had studied under well-known sculptor Alfonso Iannelli, designer of Pavilions at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair Center of Progress and student of Gutzon Borglum, Mount Rushmore sculptor.
Iannelli was brought in to provide engineering and later Gougler, ceded the project to him. The fountain depicts a westward facing settler standing over an Indian in full headdress and is in the art deco style to complement the nearby city hall.
Demolished due to racial outcry April 24, 2018 and put into storage. Removed from National Register of Historic Places August 19, 2019.
Fountain of Pioneers - https://www.kpl.gov/local-history/kalamazoo-history/parks/fountain-of-the-pioneers/
Fountain of the Pioneers - http://michigan-modern.herokuapp.com/buildings/fountain-of-the-pioneers
Fountain of the Pioneers - https://www.kpl.gov/local-history/kalamazoo-history/parks/fountain-of-the-pioneers/
Alfonso Iannelli - https://metropolismag.com/projects/alfonso-iannelli-20th-century-renaissance-man/
Gutzon Borglum - https://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/mount-rushmore-1
National Register of Historic Places removal - https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalregister/weekly-list-20190823.htm
National Register of Historic Places application - https://catalog.archives.gov/id/25338177
Project originally submitted by Courtney James on December 14, 2022.
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