Manitoga: Force Of Nature, Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Manitoga's 75-acre property; and the work of restoring this woodland masterpiece.
Manitoga, a modernist architectural gem and its surrounding 75 acres of lush woodlands, was conceived by American designer Russel Wright as an ongoing work of art, with nature as the medium. It is included on the World Monuments Fund Watch List, and its 75-acre landscape clearly needs help. But it's not certain how much of Russel Wright's masterful design can be saved. The most pressing issue, says the historic site's landscape curator, Ruth Parnall, are the loss of thousands of eastern hemlocks to the woolly adelgid (a nonnative insect that feeds on hemlock sap) and rampant deer browse, which continues to threaten hemlock seedlings.
For more on Rusell Wright's Manitoga, read the full story here.
The site received a grant this year to commission the second phase of the Manitoga Historic Landscape Report, which was written by landscape architect (and Wright's cousin) Carol Franklin in 1982. Franklin's report has functioned as a bible on Wrights woodland design, and Maitinsky is hopeful that the much-needed update will provide concrete guidance on its restoration.