West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens/Ann Weaver Norton
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
This home, designed by architect Maurice Fatio, was built in 1925. Wealthy Chicago industrialist and art collector Ralph Norton purchased the house in 1935, and hired Marion Sims Wyeth to redesign it with elements of Monterey Revival style architecture, which was popular in Palm Beach at the time. In 1941, Ralph and his first wife, Elizabeth, founded the Norton Gallery and School of Art, whose building was also designed by Wyeth. Following Elizabeth’s death in 1947, Ralph married Ann Weaver, who taught sculpture at the school, in 1948. Ralph commissioned Wyeth to design a studio for Ann on this property that same year. Ralph died in 1953, but Ann remained active as an artist. In addition to the house and studio, the property featured a two-acre garden with more than 250 species of rare palms, cycads, and tropical plants. Nine of Ann’s monumental megalithic sculptures are placed throughout the garden. In 1977, Ann’s vision of the symbiotic relationship between art and nature was preserved when she established Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens to ensure public access to her property
Ann Weaver Norton
Born in Selma, Alabama, Ann Vaughan Weaver wanted to be an artist since childhood. In the 1930s, she went to New York to study art at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League, and the Cooper Union Art School. Her work was featured in an exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1935. She also spent time studying abroad. In 1942, she moved to West Palm Beach to teach sculpture at the Norton Gallery and School of Art. She married the school’s widowed founder, Ralph Norton, in 1948. Ralph’s death in 1953 did not diminish Ann’s desire to create art, and she had a lengthy career with multiple national and international exhibitions. Her progressive style, combined with her innovation and originality, earned her the title Master Sculptor. In 1977, Ann was diagnosed with leukemia. This prompted her to take steps to preserve her garden along with her art collection, which featured thousands of drawings, sketches, and sculptures. In 1982, Ann died in West Palm Beach; her body was later buried in Selma. In 2019, she was inducted posthumously into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, and her home was included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s
Erected 2019 by The Garden Conservancy at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1086.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Education.
Location. 26° 41.731′ N, 80° 2.993′ W. Marker is in West Palm Beach, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker is at the intersection of South Flagler Drive and Barcelona Road, on the right when traveling north on South Flagler Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 253 Barcelona Rd, West Palm Beach FL 33401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Flamingo Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); El Cid Neighborhood (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pioneer Memorial Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grandview Heights Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Flamingo Park Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Palm Beach High School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of the Palm Beach Pier (approx. 1.1 miles away); Palm Beach Junior College (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Palm Beach.
Also see . . . Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. (Submitted on September 1, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2020, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 31, 2020, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.