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Address: 584 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524
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MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center preserves, protects and...

MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center preserves, protects and shares Russel 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, and a World Monuments Watch Site. It is one of the few 20th century modern homes open to the public in New York State.

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Tour of Designed Natural House/Grounds

The Tour highlighted the vision to create and use nature to live in. Inspired by nature which oriented daily living. The tours are over for this season but the trails are open... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Concord, New Hampshire
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Concord, New Hampshire
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Tour highlighted the vision to create and use nature to live in. Inspired by nature which oriented daily living. The tours are over for this season but the trails are open and free. There would be much seasonal gardening interest such as: snow covered trees, mountain laurels, daylilies and the water features. I found the site as designed did... More 

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Fort Worth
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113 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall, I recommend visiting this place, but I do have a few complaints. We booked the 1.5 hour tour. We did not enter the house until after 1 hour on the tour. The whole first hour was spent talking about Russel Wright, the grounds, and the featured guest artist. So much of this could have been left out. I really... More 

Thank mrjanto
New Providence Island
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located on the Hudson River, about an hour north of New York City, Manitoga is the stunning natural county retreat of the designer Russel Wright, a home literally built into the walls of an old quarry, with the stone of the quarry providing floor and walls. It is a beautiful structure, perfectly reflecting the environment in which it is located... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We visited for a tour of the home and grounds and enjoyed every minute. The grounds and home are perfectly built and well maintained currently. This tour would be very difficult for someone with physical disabilities which is one downside. The home was built for Russel Wright's desires, unfortunately not just for touring later. We did not go hiking after... More 

Thank Julia B
Melbourne, Australia
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424 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

There is no doubt that there are more sophisticated pieces of mid twentieth century architecture open for public inspection, think the Farnsworth House for example, but Manitoga allows a fascinating opportunity to get close to the work of a designer with broad impact on the period. Some elements of the house are a bit cumbersome and un-refined for its date... More 

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Little Falls, New Jersey
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We visited last weekend for a concert of minimal music (Cage, Reynolds, Reilly). Audience and musicians were sitting dispersed throughout this renovated quarry cum amphitheater (see photo). The studio and main house were on view and are a fascinating architectural and design experience a la Fallingwater & Kentucky Knob. And, the music was FABULOUS. Such a labor of love to... More 

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Garrison, New York
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85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Manitoga is the site where the visionary designer Russel Wright created a most remarkable home in a place that was once a old quarry. The property and the buildings became a blend of man and nature at their highest level. It is a magnificent place to tour and enjoy. Surrounding the main area are beautiful trails for hiking. We love... More 

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Cold Spring, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Oh man, this place was just sooo great! You can't NOT enjoy and get an education on this tour. I live here and am ashamed that it took me so so long to return. The docents were fun...and so well informed! The trails are so beautiful, accessible to almost all people. The buildings, walkways under an umbrella of trees, little... More 

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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Based on pictures, I have low expectations, but decided to give it a try anyway. After 10 min on the tour, I realized that landscaping is good. By the time, when we reach house and went into living/dining room section I realized how fantastic is this landscaping job and how perfectly house build to be get most of this perfectly... More 

Thank Barbara2009
New York
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118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Manitoga is a wonderful destinations for locals and visitors to the Hudson Valley area. Wonderful hiking trails that blend into the landscape and which connect to the Appalachian Trail. A personal favorite spot is hidden pond.

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