The Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center (HRWC) consists of nine buildings at FHL, located along the shoreline on San Juan Island.

Note that because the FHL grounds are a biological preserve, pets are not generally allowed. Those who wish to bring pets to the island must seek housing off-campus or board their pets at a local kennel. Exceptions may be granted for service animals; see the FHL Dog Policy for more information.

Whiteley Study Building

The primary building is the H.R. Whiteley Study Building, comprised of four individual studies and a reading room or lounge. The lounge, a place for interaction with other scholars from the Center and FHL, has comfortable seating before a massive fireplace, connection by short paths with FHL’s library and administration building, and views across the bay to Friday Harbor town and eastward across the channel to the Cascade mountains. Each of the four studies is suitable for individuals or small groups of collaborators. Each is equipped with comfortable chairs, desks, tables, a fireplace and artwork. All open through sliding doors to decks and patios overlooking the harbor and thereby connect to trails along the shore and through the forest. One is equipped with a piano. The studies are wired for ethernet connections to the internet. Wi-Fi is available throughout FHL, including the Whiteley Studies and Cottages.

Whiteley Center Lounge

Please do not move the furniture in the Whiteley studies. Moving furniture may result in additional fees.

The naming of the studies may be of interest.

Macfarlane Art Studio

Macfarlane Art Studio

The Macfarlane Art Studio, not far from the Study Building, is about 15 x 25 feet, heated and well lighted with natural and spectrum-balanced electric light. It can accommodate one or two artists at a time. It is currently equipped with easels, drying racks, a sink, tables, adjustable chairs, and display boards.

Whiteley Cottages

Seven pleasant cottages near the Whiteley Studies provide living quarters for HRWC visitors; each enjoys a view of the harbor framed by trees. To ensure quiet, the cottages are designed for adults only, though scholars with children may be housed in another area of FHL.

Each cottage has one or two bedrooms, a bathroom, living area with a fireplace, dining area, kitchen fully equipped for food storage and meal preparation, a deck, and Wi-Fi; one cottage is set up for ADA access.  Radios/clock radios, telephones, and flashlights are not provided. Note that grocery stores are available on island; meals may also be purchased from the FHL Dining Hall (open spring, summer and autumn) or at island restaurants.

The naming of the cottages may be of interest.

Available Services & Facilities

Mail and Packages

Ordinary mail addressed to you at Whiteley Center, 620 University Road, Friday Harbor WA 98250 will be placed in the mailboxes in the entrance hall of the Fernald Labs. The office staff can sign for packages requiring signatures (same address).

Printers, Scanners & Copy Machines

The Whiteley Study Building has a color laser printer (Xerox Phaser 8560) that can be used to print on paper up to 8.5″ x 14″ in size. Print jobs for A4 paper (common in Europe) will stall the printer, and must be reformated for US-letter paper. Visitors can access the printer is via the network or with a USB cable. Instructions for using the printer are posted above it.

A copy machine is available in Fernald Lab in the library. To use it, request a personal access code in the FHL Front Office. A flatbed scanner connected to a Mac computer is available for use in the FHL Computer Lab; scanned images can be written to a thumb drive or CD.


A video projector is available for short-term loan from the FHL Stockroom; it is compatible with the video output of most computers. A Leica slide projector, an overhead projector, and and a table top presentation screen can be found in the Whiteley Study Building, in the room where printers and supplies are kept.


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