Designed by architect William Wesley Peters of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the Norton Center originally opened in 1973 as the Centre College Regional Arts Center. Within the 85,000 square foot complex are stunning performance and exhibition spaces as well as exceptional academic facilities for art, music, and drama. The Center’s two theatres have drawn consistent praise from performers and audiences alike. The Norton Center for the Arts 1973 Opening Night Gala featured Verdi’s “OTELLO.” The first season featured the Krasnayarsk Dance Company of Siberia and the World premiere of the symphonic work “The City” by Rod McKuen. Since then the Center has helped make Danville a “powerhouse palace of culture” (Louisville Courier Journal) and is an internationally recognized performing arts center with state of the art facilities.
William Wesley Peters
Renowned for his innovative organic structures, Norton Center architect William Wesley Peters holds a vital place in the history of 20th Century American architecture. A chief architect at Taliesin Associated Architects of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Peters collaborated with Wright for more than a quarter century on projects including Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum.
The Center hosts a world-class performing arts series and serves as a focal point for the College’s academic programs in dramatic arts and music. Centre College is often the place where important debates and political forums occur. In 2000 and 2012, the College was the home of the vice-presidential debate.