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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

In celebration of Centre College’s 200th anniversary, The Wright Angle explores the Norton Center’s distinct design and its relationship to architectural pioneers Frank Lloyd Wright and William Wesley Peters. The exhibit examines how Centre College partnered with the Taliesin Foundation, one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed architectural firms, to build its world-class performing arts venue/arts and learning organization in a small Central Kentucky town. In addition, discover other local and Kentucky-based buildings influenced by architects Wright and Peters.

Uncover the truth behind the legends and lore surrounding the Norton Center through this collection of photos, essays, exploration stations, walking tours and much more.

“This exhibit is a love story to a building that, since 1973, has offered world-renowned, rich cultural presentations and excellent, arts-based classes for thousands of people annually.” — Steve Hoffman, Executive Director of the Norton Center for the Arts

September – December 2019

This exhibit is free and open to the public 9 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday, as well as by appointment and when the Norton Center is open for concerts and related activities.

William Wesley Peters

William Wesley Peters served as the chief architect for the Taliesin Associated Architects of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Peters played a vital role within the design and engineering of the Norton Center and collaborated with Wright for more than a quarter of a century.

8 April 1970 Svetlana Alliluyeva is to marry William Wesley Peters, the American architect and protege to Frank Lloyd Wright.
1971 Svetlana Peters gives interview after the birth of her daughter Olga Peters.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright was a transcendent American architect, writer, and interior designer who helped to design more than 500 completed projects throughout the United States. Practicing organic architecture, he relied heavily on harmony, humanity, and their relationship to the environment. Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as the “greatest American architect of all time.” The Norton Center, originally opening in 1973, is a renowned example of Wright’s innovative structures and holistic design method.

Brandoch Peters Remembers Frank Lloyd Wright Pt. 1
Brandoch Peters Remembers Frank Lloyd Wright Pt. 2
Brandoch Peters Remembers Frank Lloyd Wright Pt. 3

Norton Center for the Arts – Building


Guggenheim Museum

Wright’s Local Influence