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, Vice President for Student Life at the UW


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August 2021 Update

Click here to read the ASUW Shell House August 2021 Update, with all the news on our campaign, events, rowing community, and more!



Shell House Featured in Northwest Yachting magazine’s August Issue

The ASUW Shell House’s history and campaign to restore it is featured on the front cover of the August issue of NW 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

Feb. 2021 – Click here to watch Melanie Barstow (former UW Rower and founder of the Boys of ’36 Tours), Nicole Klein, and Senator David Frockt discuss the importance of “The Next 100 Years” to the state of Washington in a social-distanced interview.


2020 Newsletter

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



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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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.