The Next 100 Years Campaign


Brad Smith and Kathy Surace-Smith have committed $5 million toward the Shell House restoration, while Microsoft has committed another $2 million. Read about it on Geekwire.

The UW has embarked on an $18.5 million capital campaign to restore the historic ASUW Shell House on the Montlake Cut and create a learning and gathering space for students and the community. This effort builds upon the century-old Shell House’s many layers of Pacific Northwest history – tribal, military, aviation, sport, and recreation.

In the past, the Shell House served as a hangar for World War I seaplanes, as well as the famed boathouse of the 1936 Olympic gold-medal crew described in “The Boys in the Boat.” As a catalyst for re-envisioning the campus waterfront, the Shell House will bring community and visitors back to the water and invite them to experience a building that stands as a living symbol of our proud Pacific Northwest values.


“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, Vice President for Student Life


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Read the latest newsletter to know more about who gifted $7M to ASUW Shell House along with news on our campaigns and upcoming events.



Shell House featured in Northwest Yachting magazine

The ASUW Shell House’s history and campaign to restore it is featured on the cover of the August issue of Northwest Yachting magazine in an incredible article by editor, Kate Calamusa. Her words bring passion and urgency to our boating community about why this piece of our history matters to all of us. The PDF of the article itself is available here – and the entire August 2021 issue is online here. It is also available for free at many marinas and maritime communities.


‘Field Report’ features the ASUW Shell House

Watch Melanie Barstow (former UW rower and founder of the Boys of ’36 Tours), Nicole Klein, and Washington state Sen. David Frockt discuss the importance of “The Next 100 Years” to the state of Washington.



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.


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

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We want to acknowledge the lands and waters where the ASUW Shell House rests, stəx̌ʷugʷił (stukh-ug-weelth) ‘Carry a Canoe’ in southern Lushootseed – land of the Duwamish, ‘the people of the inside,’ and all the Coast Salish people. It is the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.