Russel Wright’s House ~ “Dragon Rock”

One of our favorite designers of the 20th Century is Russel Wright. He designed his personal studio and retreat, (christened “Dragon Rock” by his daughter) in 1952. Nestled into a rocky hillside among 75 acres of trees and woodland gardens, the house and studio overlook a quarry pond.

We love how Wright designed the house with expansive walls of glass, offering dramatic views of the waterfall and surrounding landscape. Their design recalls Japanese temple architecture and an Asian sensibility in handcrafted details and in their deference to nature.

Inside Dragon Rock, Wright intertwined nature and design through elements that included a staircase crafted from boulders, tree limbs used as uprights, and natural elements incorporated into wall coverings and other surfaces.

The property, which is also called “Manitoga,” includes 4 miles of walking trails that Wright designed, with 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 outer trails are open to the public daily until sunset for a suggested donation. Guided tours of Dragon Rock – the house, studio and inner landscape – are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11am and 1:30pm by advanced booking.

Travis Smith

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