Friday, November 14, 2014
10:30am - 12:00 pm
Project Manager of several restoration efforts at Manitoga, Kurt Hirschberg of Jan Hird Pokorny Associates in New York, will feature work completed at the Studio Green Roof, Studio interior and exterior, furnishings, the historic pergola, and the residence's doors and windows. Mr. Hirschberg was involved with the Manitoga project from 2002 to 2006.
Click here for a biography of Russel Wright and explore the website for more information including history, portfolio of Wright's Designs for Living, and directions to the property.
MANITOGA is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a Word Monuments Watch Site. It is one of the few 20th century modern homes open to the public in New York state.
SCHEDULE & TOUR DETAILS:
* The Manitoga tour is approximately 90 minutes long and includes Russel Wright's home, studio, and woodland garden. We will begin with about 45 minutes in the landscape for an introduction to Wright's philosophy of designing in harmony with nature and his innovative use of natural terrain and native plants. Next, the tour will spend approximately 45 minutes inside the house and studio looking at Wright's juxtaposition of natural and man-made elements.
* Visitors will be divided into three groups of 10 to accommodate tight interior spaces of the house and studio. Kurt Hirschberg of Jan Hird Pokorny Associates will highlight the completed restoration of the Studio Green Roof; the studio exterior and interior, including resetting interior furnishings back to 1962; and upgrades to the building systems.
* Limited photography is acceptable such that the tour experience is not disrupted. The tour will take place rain or shine.
* There will be uneven walking surfaces both in the landscape and interior spaces; participants must navigate a series of outdoor stone steps without a handrail. Please note that this tour may be prohibitive for those with physical limitations, especially balance issues. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
* An optional social lunch at a nearby restaurant will be coordinated by board members. Restaurant TBC but will likely be in Cold Spring.
* APTNE volunteers will pick up those that would like to arrive by train. The Cold Spring station is a 3 minute taxi or 3 mile walk to the property.
* Mr. Hirschberg currently works as a Project Manager at Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc. in New York where he is currently overseeing planning and restoration efforts at several significant historic sites within New York City, North Jersey, New York State, and Long Island. Mr. Hirschberg has been with Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc. for over fifteen years.