Boat House Row

1--15 E. River Dr., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Boathouse Row

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Situated in Fairmount Park, these 15 private boat and barge clubs were created to serve the recreational needs of Philadelphians. The clubs' parent organization, the Schuykill Navy, was formed in 1858 and continues as the nation's oldest amateur governing body in sports. National and international champions, including many Olympic participants and winners, have come from these clubs. Famed Philadelphia Frank Furness designed the Undine Barge Club, which partisans consider--architecturally speaking--"the best little oar house." -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, February 27, 1987

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 27, 1987
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; Victorian; Victorian: Gothic
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Outdoor recreation; Clubhouse
Current functions
Outdoor recreation; Clubhouse
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1975-2000; 1925-1949
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 13