ASUW Shell House

Built in 1918, the ASUW Shell House (Canoe House) is a public asset with a rich history for University of Washington students and the Seattle community.  Currently the ASUW Shell House is a boat storage facility for UW students, staff, faculty, and alumni. In partnership with students, UW Recreation is studying the feasibility of restoring the ASUW Shell House. The goal is to retain the building’s rustic and historic nature, honoring the significance of this structure, its place on the National Register of Historic Places, and the role it has served for our student community for the last 100 years.

The Next 100 Years

Comments? Ideas? A story to share? If you are interested in helping UW Recreation restore the ASUW Shell House to its original glory and make way for great things to come, we want to hear from you. Click here to share your thoughts or use the link below to make a donation. For more information on how you can make the ASUW Shell House project a reality, please contact Nicole Klein (; 206.221.8517).





Fans of Daniel James Brown’s New York Times bestseller The Boys in the Boat, now have a unique opportunity to get an inside look at the legacy of “The Boys.” Join us for a tour through Washington Rowing’s Conibear Shellhouse and the 1918 World War I airplane hangar known to the “Boys” as the ASUW Shell House in 1936.

Watch Rantz, Hume, Moch, and the rest of the ’36 Husky Clipper come to life in this 90-minute tour highlighting the historical regalia of the champion crew in both locations.

The tour will include chances to see the lettermen’s jackets of Joe Rantz and Don Hume, the IRA and Berlin Olympic medals of Joe Rantz, and the famed Husky Clipper shell.

Guests will first be led through Conibear Shellhouse, starting with an inside look at the legacy of George Pocock and the latest generation of Pocock Racing shells. We will proceed through the heart of the boathouse, the erg bays, and finally to the Windermere Cup Dining room to stand under the Husky Clipper and imagine the roar of the crowd as the Clipper took gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics race in front of Adolf Hitler.

Following the tour through Conibear Shellhouse, guests will have the exclusive opportunity to tour through the ASUW Shell House. Built by the United States Navy in 1918, this airplane hangar is an untouched piece of history, recognized by and listed under the National Register of Historic Places. Tour attendees will enjoy the beauty of the ASUW Shell House while listening to stories of the many eras this incredible landmark has seen (including the famed Husky rowing team in 1936 and the skilled boat builder, George Pocock) over the past 99 years it has graced the shores of the Montlake Cut.




Time: Tours are offered on weekends for up to 35 people.

Cost: $20 per adult, $10 for students (ages 11-17), and free for children 10 and under.

Location: Tours meet in the entry way of Conibear Shellhouse and conclude at the ASUW Shell House.

Please note: Conibear Shellhouse is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The dining room where the Husky Clipper boat is displayed is closed to the public during private events and during student-athletes’ evening meal hours.

Private Boathouse Tours

We offer private boathouse tours outside of public tour hours to better accommodate large groups and varying schedules. Private tours require a minimum of 5 people and cap at 35 people per tour. Tickets for private tours cost $25 per person for a 90 minute private tour. We welcome special requests to customize your group’s exclusive tour experience. Please make these requests in your email at the time of booking. You must make a payment in full, by credit card within 48 hours after the reservation has been made. To schedule a private tour please email Private tours must be scheduled three weeks in advance and are subject to guide availability.