2020 Newsletter

Click here to read our 2020 Newsletter, which compiles all of our campaign’s stories, events, news, and progress from this year!


The Next 100 Years Campaign

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 hangar for WWI seaplanes as well as the famed boathouse of the 1936 Olympic gold-medal crew described in Boys in the Boat. Serving as a catalyst for re-envisioning the campus waterfront, it will now bring community and visitors back to the water and invite them to experience a building that stands as a living symbol of our proud Northwest values.


“Our building represents natural beauty, recreation, sport, commerce, history, and resilience. This is more than a chance to revitalize one of the greatest wooden structures of the 20th century – it is an invitation to join together to craft a new future for UW students and the community at large based on purpose, connection, and interdependence.”     – Dr. Denzil J. Suite, VP for Student Life at UW


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The ASUW Shell House is a local and national historical treasure. As a legendary part of so many stories, it connects people from several backgrounds and communities.

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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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