Times Herald (Olean, New York) 28 June 1949 Page 10
the a by 2 of no the The the the pans. Mansion On Hilltop Dedicated To Unity AFTON, Va.--A white marble mansion that gleams m the sun atop Afton Mountain near here will become a world cultural center for "the unification of mankind" if the foundation which established it reaches its goal. It is more than an idle to its founders. Colgate W. Darden, president of the University of Virginia and former governor, said at its dedication that the mountain top estate represents "an actual establishment of breadth and vision." Classes on "the love of God, beauty and the principles of balance in nature" already are being held in the mansion, named "Swannanoa," The classes are being taught by Dr. Walter Russell, seventy- seven-year-old artist and head of the Swannanoa Foundation, which bought the former millionaire's millionaire's mansion. More than TOO persons visited Swannanoa when it was opened. Its lower floors have been filled with paintings, sculpture and statuary. Dr. Russell said the foundation plans to erect a 300-foot statute of Christ on the same Blue Ridge mountain top and later another inspirational stature representing representing the Sermon on the Mount.