Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center: House, Studio & Landscape Tour
Tours begin with a 15 minute documentary about Russel Wright - his life and design legacy. Afterward, visitors follow the inner Quarry Pond trail to his Home and Studio. The landscape tour features views of the Home and Studio, a field of mountain laurel, the moss room, an ascending stone staircase, wood plank bridge over the waterfall, and a stepping stone path over the Quarry Pond.
Tours last approximately 90 minutes and are conducted rain or shine. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately. Visitors must be able to negotiate uneven ground and stone stairs. Please note that this is a moderate hike.
No pets please. Visitors meet at Manitoga Guide House next to the parking lot located at 584 Route 9D in Garrison, NY. The guide will arrive just before the tour begins.
Manitoga's mission is to preserve the legacy of pioneer industrial designer Russel Wright - his home, landscape, products, archives and philosophy - and share them with professionals and the public. In the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the Russel Wright signature on a set of dinnerware or piece of furniture elicited instant response. At that time, Wright was one of the best known designers in the U.S. At the apex of his career, Wright left New York City and moved his base of operations to Garrison, NY, where created a unique home and designed landscape. He named it Manitoga, taken from Algonquin words meaning Place of Great Spirit.
When Wright found this property in 1942, it had been damaged by a century of quarrying and lumbering. Over the next three decades, until his death in 1976, he carefully reclaimed and designed Manitoga's 75 acres using native plants, his training as a theater designer and sculptor, and his innovative design ideas. Although the landscape appears natural, it has been carefully designed using native trees, rocks, ferns, mosses, and wild flowers.
Manitoga is the only 20th century modern home open to the public in New York, and one of few on the east coast. Wright considered his integration of home and woodland garden as his greatest achievement. In 1996 Manitoga was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 2006, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center (View)
584 Route 9D
Garrison, NY 10524
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|