Manitoga

Manitoga was the estate and home of industrial designer Russel Wright. It is located along NY 9D south of Garrison, New York, USA, a short distance north of the Bear Mountain Bridge.

History

Wright and his wife Mary acquired the property in 1941. The 75 acres (30 ha) had been devastated by previous logging and quarrying, common in the Hudson Highlands in the early 20th century. The couple designed the property with sustainability in mind, a concept not widely applied at the time. Wright's modernist home and studio, Dragon Rock, was built over a quarry pond and completed in 1961.

The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. In 2006 the Department of the Interior designated it a National Historic Landmark, the only one to date in Putnam County.

Access

Manitoga includes 4 miles (6.4 km) of walking trails that he designed and numerous plantings. The trails connect with the Appalachian Trail alongside the neighboring ridge of Canada Hill in Hudson Highlands State Park via the Osborne Loop. The property and trails are open to the public daily for free. Tours of Dragon Rock itself are available by appointment only.

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