High Meadow is Fallingwater Institute’s award-winning educational program complex located approximately one-half mile from Fallingwater. The lodging and studio facilities serve as the location for immersive, residency-based programming, where individuals of all ages explore how the innovative ideas that shaped Fallingwater help us respond to the changing needs of our present-day world.
An expansion of a 1964 split level house and detached two-car garage situated on 66 acres of land donated to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy by Mrs. Robert Kirkpatrick, High Meadow complements its rural setting in both form and function and provides students of all ages the opportunity to be inspired by space that, like Fallingwater, exists in harmony with its setting. Peter Bohlin, FAIA, principal of Bohlin, Cywinski and Jackson of Pittsburgh, designed the facility, which received the 2016 AIA Pennsylvania Silver Medal, the highest honor given by the AIA’s Pennsylvania chapter.
The complex includes a lodging structure positioned between the forest and meadow that rests lightly on a network of nimble steel columns. Eight sleeping rooms with en suite bathrooms provide comfortable accommodations, all with beautiful views of the woods and meadow. A screened gathering porch is used for communal activities and affords dramatic vistas of the meadow, the Youghiogheny River valley and Chestnut Ridge.
To facilitate workshops and hands-on learning, High Meadow’s original two-car garage was converted into an elegant, yet functional, studio. The Cheteyan Studio at High Meadow includes drafting and modeling workspaces, a workroom and restrooms. Garage doors at each end connect the interior to the outdoors, and a skylight running along the ridge of the roof provides diffuse natural light.
Funding for High Meadow
We are grateful for the generous support from many benefactors who provided significant funding to complete the High Meadow project:
Judy and Michael Cheteyan Educational/Charitable Foundation
Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation
Jack Millstein & Family, in loving memory of Andee Millstein
Whetzel/Walton Family Foundation
The Double Eagle Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
The Nutting Foundation
The Cox Family
Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation
Texas Instruments Foundation
Rachel Mellon Walton Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation
Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Zandur Innovative Flooring
Fairchance Construction Company