Boathouse Row

The Schuylkill Navy, an association of boating clubs organized in 1858, held its first official regatta for the Centennial of 1876. From the 1850s onward, the clubs had built permanent boathouses along the river north of Fairmount Water Works, creating the quaint cluster known as Boathouse Row. none of the first generation of boathouses has survived.

The City allowed the erection of the present boat houses beginning in 1860. They sit on public land, but are privately owned and provide a well recognized recreational use of the river. The fifteen boathouses that now stand on the east bank of the Schuylkill River exhibit a wide variety of styles, Gothic Revival and Italianate styles first marked the site. Most of the houses erected in the 1870s and early 1880s exhibited an ornamental Victorian Gothic style associated with the Philadelphia Centennial buildings elsewhere in Fairmount Park and then considered the proper style for park buildings. Lloyd Hall, the only new boat house since 1904, opened in 1998.
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@ 2005-08-09 10:01:03
Thanks for adding the info.
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@ 2010-03-16 22:13:14
At Christmastime, lots of these boathouses on the Schuylkill have Christmas lights that reflect off the river. I remember a nice calming feeling as I drove my old, noisy VW bus along the water.
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@ 2013-09-12 18:25:44
I visited on 08 10 13 and walked for about 4 hours, not just here but all up and down river road photographing and documenting on the monuments, statues and all other objet d'art. I managed to photograph all the houses at the NRHP site. I also discovered the last house built here was added to an already existing lighthouse, the only one in Philadelphia. Thanks for posting this beautiful site.