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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1822/00/00 Fairmount Dam, built to channel water into the Waterworks, creates Schuylkill Pond, a long lake that covers the Falls of Schuylkill. Ideal for ice skating and, when not frozen, it became one of the finest areas in the US for the new sport of rowing.
1860/00/00 James Charles Sidney Architect Built in 1860, the Skating Club building has hosted many clubs: Undine (1860-82), University (1860-70), 2nd lona (1884-95), Sedgeley (1897-1902) and the Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club (1938-65) before relinquishing control of the building to the latter.
1860/00/00 Boat House No 3 is built by the Pacific Boat Club in 1860. Designed by an unknown architect in the Gothic Revival style, the Quaker City Barge Club occupied the western half until it became inactive in 1932.
1871/00/00 Boat Houses 7, University Barge Club, and 8, formerly Philadelphia Barge Club is built in 1870-1871. Designed by an unknown architect, the boat house has lost its original Second Empire appearance to a late C19 Shingle style.
1882/00/00 Furness and Evans Architect Designed by Frank Furness, when the Undine Barge Club was built in 1882 it started a movement away from ornamental Victorian Gothic and into more eclectic styles.
1885/00/00 Samuel Frederic Houston Athletics Sam Houston joins the Boat Club, 11 Boathouse Row, and rows with Penn's 8-oared crew. He became a 2nd-lieutenant and treasurer of the club, a delegate to the Rowing Association Convention and vice-president of the Inter-Collegiate Rowing Association.
1891/00/00 Charles Balderston Architect The Crescent Boat Club builds their original house in 1869-1871 in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Barge Club. In 1890-1891, Charles Balderston enlarged the house for the club by adding two stories.
1892/00/00 Louis C Hickman Architect Containing much of the eclecticism found in residences of the period, Louis Hickman produces a boathouse for the Pennsylvania Barge Club.
1893/00/00 Hazelhurst and Huckel Architect The Fairmount Park Commission grants the Bachelors Barge Club, the oldest active boat club along the Schuylkill River, permishion to replace their 1860 stone boat house with the present edifice, completed in 1894.
1903/00/00 Sedgeley Club's boathouse is built 1902-03 using a combination of the Shingle and Colonial Revival styles. Architect, Arthur H Brockie, incorporated an old lighthouse which has stood on this point since the early 19th century.
1904/00/00 Walter D Smedley Architect The Fairmount Rowing Association Boat House is built at 2 East River Dr.
1920/06/03 John B Kelly Sr Vesper Boat Club Member That no entry to the Summer Olympics from the Vesper Boat Club of Philadelphia, or from any member of their 1905 crew be accepted in future. Mr Kelly was also not qualified under Rule I (e) of the General Rules (manual labour).
1955/00/00 The Pennsylvania Barge Club ceases activities and offers Boat House No 4 to the various governing organizations of rowing, eventually becoming the home of the Schuylkill Navy.

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Particulars for Boat House Row:
Sight Category Building
Historic Use Clubhouse
Area of Significance Entertainment - Recreation
Architectural Style Gothic Revival
Criteria Historic Event
Sport Ice Skating
Architectural Style Late 19th and 20th century revivals
Architectural Style Late Victorian
Owner Local
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Outdoor recreation
Owner Private
Sport Rowing

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 87000821
Resource Type:
Owner: Private, Local
Architect: Furness and Evans; et al.
Architectural Style: Late 19th and 20th century revivals, Gothic, Late victorian
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Entertainment-recreation
Applicable Criteria: Event
Criteria Consideration: Significance of less than fifty years
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1950-1974, 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1975-2000
Significant Year: 1860
Historic Function: Social, Recreation and Culture
Historic Sub-Function: Outdoor recreation, Clubhouse
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Social
Current Sub-Function: Clubhouse Outdoor recreation

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