Boathouse Row, Philadelphia

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    Boathouses at Night

    by bct341 Updated Nov 13, 2003

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    What Philly's got that no other city can match is Boathouse Row. Ours is the only city in the world with a vintage rowing village on the banks of its river. Plenty of places - London, Bonn, San Diego, Tampa, Boston, Buffalo and Washington - have teams and the odd sprinkle of boathouses, but none capture the unity and tradition of Boathouse Row.

    It is only a stone throws distance from the Philadelphia Art museum and includes 10 Victorian boathouses that house local rowing clubs. You'll usually see a number of the scullers from these houses swiftly cutting their way through the river.

    At night, the view is beautiful as the houses are brightly lit.. definitely post card material :)

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    Boat House Row

    by apbeaches Written Nov 29, 2008

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    Boathouse Row is a historic site located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the east bank of the Schuylkill River. It consists of a row of boathouses housing racing shells. Each of the ten boathouses has its own history, and all have addresses on Kelly Drive The boathouses are part of a group known as the Schuylkill Navy, which encompasses several other boathouses along the river. Local universities (including Drexel, Saint Joseph's, Villanova, Penn, La Salle, and Temple) row from a boathouse along the Schuylkill.

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    Boathouse Row

    by Pawtuxet Written Dec 3, 2004

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    My photo doesn't do it justice. What a wonderful sight looking across the river. Absolutely charming....and at night they had all the buildings lined with little lights. I'd love to be there on a warm day when they are out rowing.

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    by apbeaches Written Jul 21, 2015

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    Boathouse Row is a historic site consisting of a row of 15 boathouses housing social and rowing clubs and their racing shells. Each of the boathouses has its own history, and all have addresses on both Boathouse Row and Kelly Drive.

    Boathouses #2 through #14 are part of a group known as the Schuylkill Navy, which encompasses several other boathouses along the river. Boathouse #1 is Lloyd Hall and is the only public boathouse facility on the Row. Boathouse #15 houses the Sedgeley Club, which operates the Turtle Rock Lighthouse. The boathouses are all at least a century old, and some were built over 150 years ago.

    The boathouses are seen as centers of the rowing community around the United States. Rowers from the boathouses compete at every level, including local clubs, high schools, colleges, summer racing programs, and international-level athletics.Boathouse Row hosts several major rowing regattas, including the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the Navy Day Regatta, the Independence Day Regatta, and the Head of the Schuylkill.

    In 1979, lights designed by architectural lighting designer Ray Grenald were installed to outline each of the boathouses, giving them a nightly Christmas-like gingerbread house appearance and reflecting in the Schuylkill River. He proposed the lights after hearing talk of destroying the decaying Victorian boathouses. Lights on the buildings at night would serve to make them more noticed and appreciated.

    Boathouse Row is a National Historic Landmark and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Today local universities including Drexel, Penn, and La Salle row out of houses on Boathouse Row. Villanova and Saint Joseph's row out of other boathouses along the Schuylkill that are not part of the Row.

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    Boathouse Row

    by transient_wanderer Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Around mid-May each year, you can catch the Dad Vail Regatta, which is a popular rowing race. Otherwise, Boathouse Row is a nice place to walk around, and you may be able to get inside a few of the boathouses. The classic Boathouse Row look can be seen at night, when lights outline the boathouses.

    View of Boathouse Row from behind the Art Museum
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    Boathouse Row

    by TexasDave Written Apr 13, 2006

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    Part of Fairmont Park the best view is from across the Schuykill (prounouced "skoo-kill) River. Particularlly on weekends you can see rowing teams practicing and/or competing.

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    Row, Row, Row, Your Boat...

    by virtualpatrick Written Jun 8, 2005

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    Walk along Boathouse Row and watch different crew / sculling teams practice along the Schuylkill River. I think crew is the most demanding sport of all.

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    Boat House Row

    by jltan Updated Oct 4, 2003

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    One of the more popular Philadelphia attractions. The Boat House Row at night sparkles along the Schuykill river.

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  • Dec 18, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    I am looking for a photo to reproduce in a wideformat maner for installing on a wall. Because the image is going to be enlarged considerably (for approx 30' wide), the original photo must be a high resolution picture to start with. Looking to get most of boathouse row especially focusing on the lower end (closest to the Art Museum). Any advice or guidance would be appreciated.

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      Dec 18, 2012 at 8:24 AM

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    • Dec 18, 2012 at 8:36 AM

      Thanks. Will do.

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