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News October 2010

Manitoga program and tour kicks off DOCOMOMO’s fall programs

October 25, 2010

Twenty four DOCOMOMO members and friends attended a special program at Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center on a glorious fall afternoon, Sunday September 19. Manitoga is the home, studio and landscape that the influential industrial designer Russel Wright created on the site of a former granite quarry in Garrison, NY between 1942 and 1976. Following fine presentations by Kurt Hirschberg of Jan Hird Pokorny Associates explaining the ongoing restoration program and Donald Watson of Yale University placing Wright in context, the group toured Dragon Rock, Wright’s home and adjacent studio, and grounds of the 75-acre site. Thanks again to Kurt, Don and our friends at Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center for their hospitality.

Photos: top, view of the studio with its very early “green” roof; bottom, inside Dragon Rock.

photo: John Arbuckle
photo: John Arbuckle