Over 80 Years, A Façade Unchanged

Take a moment to observe Diana and Actaeon if you happen to pass them on a walk or run on South Olive Avenue!

By Marie Penny, Archivist, Norton Museum of Art

Norton Museum of Art, South Olive Avenue facade, circa 2019

The statues of mythological figures Diana and Actaeon reside in the niches of the original Art Deco entrance to the Museum. In 1941, Architect Marion Sims Wyeth — working closely with founder Ralph Norton — commissioned Paul Manship to design the sculptures.

Norton Museum east façade and original entrance and original installation of Paul Manship’s Diana and Actaeon.

Manship is perhaps best known for his statue in New York’s Rockefeller Center, Prometheus (1933). Although the orientation and finish has changed over the past 80 years, Diana and Actaeon have remained a constant presence on South Olive Avenue.

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Archival Images of Diana and Actaeon circa 1941, photographed by Joan Wyeth, daughter of Marion Sims Wyeth

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