Photo Credits: Ronald K. Edge collection, 1930


UW Recreation is poised to embark on a $13 million ($10M construction + $3M endowment) capital campaign to restore the historic ASUW Shell House on the Montlake Cut. In its 102-year history, this building houses many layers of Northwest history – tribal, military, aviation, sport, and recreation. In the past it has served as a hanger for WWI seaplanes as well as the famed boathouse of the 1936 Olympic gold-medal crew described in Boys in the Boat. Now, poised to be the catalyst that will bring our campus back to the water, and bring long overdue attention to our entire waterfront.

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The ASUW Shell House is a local and national treasure connecting a variety of people and stories.

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Learn more about history of UW’s rowing and military history through this in-depth tour of Conibear Shellhouse and the ASUW Shell House. Learn more here.

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