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.

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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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