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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 are offered from June 2 through November 13 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm unless otherwise posted. Additional 3:30pm tours are offered July 1, August 5, September 2 and October 7.
On view in the landscape, Master of Architecture Students at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design will design and build a full-scale, site-specific pavilion at Manitoga inspired by Russel Wright's design legacy.
On view in the House and Studio, Ecstatic Light, illuminated paintings by Peter Bynum.
On view in the main House, Nature in Design, Russel Wright Dinnerware Inspired by MANITOGA.
Viewing of the house and studio are by guided tour only.
$15 Seniors, Students and Members of Manitoga, docomomo, National Trust for Historic Preservation and Storm King
$10 Children up to 12 years
Tours are led by professional guides and limited to 15 people.
The Tour Experience
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 rooms. Visitors approach Dragon Rock by crossing a 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.
Artist Residency Program for the 2017 Season
In 2017, Manitoga's Artist Residency program features a site-specific pavilion at Manitoga, inspired by Russel Wright's design legacy, designed and built by PennDesign Master of Architecture students.
In addition, Manitoga presents Ecstatic Light, illuminated paintings by Peter Bynum. These three-dimensional, illuminated paintings on glass, with their energy and ecstatic beauty, evoke the life-force found in ecosystems throughout nature. Viewing of the installed work throughout the House and Studio will unfold, becoming part of the choreographed whole and intimacy of visiting the site. This installation has been extended through the 2017 tour season.
Important Tour Information
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. 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, several bridge crossings with no handrails and a series of 40 stone steps.
Please note this is a moderate hike.
Pets, backpacks, large bags, tripods, extension poles, selfie-sticks, framed infant carriers and strollers are not permitted.