Fountain of the Pioneers

Address: Bronson Park, bounded by Academy, Rose, South & Park Sts., Kalamazoo, Michigan. County/parish: Kalamazoo.

NRIS 16000417

Removed from the National Register of Historic Places August 19, 2019.

Also known as:

  • Fountain of the Pioneers complex
  • Iannelli Fountain

From Wikipedia:

Fountain of the Pioneers

The Fountain of the Pioneers is a decorative fountain located in Bronson Park (between bounded by Academy, Rose, South & Park Streets) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. It is significant as an outstanding example of work by architect and designer Alfonso Iannelli, combining elements of Prairie School, Modernist, Art Deco and Cultural Nationalism movements; it is also significant as one of the few public artworks referencing the Indian removal actions by the United States government in the 1800s. Because of the controversial nature of the sculpture, interpreted by some as depicting white supremacy, and because of the deteriorating condition of the fountain, it was removed from the park in 2018 and placed in storage. The statue was subsequently removed from the National Register of Historic Places in 2019.

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Architects:

  • Iannelli, Alfonso

National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/16000417

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