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MANITOGA House, Studio & Landscape Tour / August - November
Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center
Garrison, NY
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MANITOGA House, Studio & Landscape Tour / August - November

Visit MANITOGA, the House, Studio and Woodland Garden of pioneer industrial designer, Russel Wright (1904-1976). Tour Dragon Rock, Wright's experimental home which he built onto the rock ledge of an abandoned quarry while masterfully orchestrating the surrounding landscape into a series of outdoor rooms of varying character and delight.


Tours begin with a short film about Wright's life and design legacy. Visitors then follow the upper Quarry path to Dragon Rock. Along the way, the tour features stunning views of the House and Studio, an ascending stone staircase, a field of mountain laurel, and the exquisite moss room. Visitors approach Dragon Rock by crossing the majestic waterfall via a wood plank bridge. Interior spaces are defined by expanses of glass, innovative materials use, and seamless connections to outside terraces. The Tour concludes by following a stepping stone path over the Quarry Pool dam to the Visitor/Guide House.

NEW FOR 2014 SEASON: Manitoga's Artist Residency Program introduces PALMAS by artist Melissa McGill, a surround sound installation that will activate Manitoga's central Quarry Pool and encircling path at timed intervals, beginning May 17 through November 10, 2014. FREE with tour admission. Special artist-led tours on September 20 at 1:30pm and Oct. 11 at 4:30pm. Advance booking required.


Tours last 90 minutes and are conducted rain or shine. Please wear sensible walking shoes and dress for weather. Visitors must be able to negotiate uneven ground and stone stairs including a flight of 40 steps. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A MODERATE HIKE.

General admission is $20; Seniors/Students/National Trust members, $15; and $10 for children under 12.  PLEASE NOTE On Fridays and Mondays from July 7 through Aug. 8, the afternoon tour begins at 12:45pm.

Visitors meet at Manitoga's Visitor/Guide House next to the parking lot located at 584 Route 9D in Garrison, NY. The guide will arrive just before the tour begins. No pets please.


Located in Garrison, New York, one hour north of New York City, Manitoga is one of the few 20th century modern homes and landscapes open to the public in New York State. The organization preserves, protects and shares Wright's modernist House, Studio and Woodland Garden as a masterful integration of design and nature, a powerful example of land reclamation, and a resource for inspired design in daily living through public tours, programs and events.

Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a World Monuments Watch Site and acknowledges the support the New York State Council on the Arts.


A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Melissa McGill has been exhibiting her artwork internationally since 1991. Her work involves an interdisciplinary process, incorporating drawing, sculpture, and sound to explore the space between absence and presence, bringing to light the overlooked, hidden, or lost aspects of architecture and found objects. She is currently working on Constellation, a large scale sculptural installation on the Hudson Highlands' Pollepel Island.



Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center (View)
584 Route 9D
Garrison, NY 10524
United States

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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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