Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 17, 2006):
Manitoga is significant for its association with the life and work of Russel Wright, one of the most acclaimed and influential American designers of the mid-20th century. Manitoga is a 75-acre property designed by Wright. The estate, which includes a residence, studio, and designed lanscape, was Wright's home for the last 35 years of his life. Because of the length of his residence and his personal involvement with its design and development, Manitoga is the resource most significantly associated with Wright's productive life. In addition, within Wright's oeuvre, Manitoga is the work that best epitomizes his ideas about American lifestyle and design.