The land and the water around the ASUW Shell House has been a place to gather since time immemorial. For generations, the Lakes Duwamish people met to portage their canoes across the land that used to separate Lake Union and Lake Washington.

The Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) Shell House became the workshop of legendary boat-builder George Pocock — and the home of a Washington rowing program that would win eight national championships in just under 30 years, as well as gold medals at the 1936 and 1948 Olympics. Since then, it has faded from UW’s collective memory.

Now, the University of Washington has launched an $18.5 million capital campaign to restore the historic ASUW Shell House and create a learning and gathering space for students and the community. Drawing on the Shell House’s many layers of Pacific Northwest history, the restored building will celebrate the UW’s legacy of connection to the water while offering a space for students and the public to reflect on the great things we can accomplish when we act as a collective.

Ways to give


Give now


UW Foundation,
For: ASUW Shell House,
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE,
Box 359505,
Seattle WA 98195-9505

Wire Transfer

Company Name: University of Washington, Development Sweep Account
Bank Name: Bank of America, Washington, Seattle, WA
Account Number: 13651708
ABA Number: 0260-0959-3

Gifts of Stock/Securities


877-894-4387, noting ASUW Shell House

IRA Rollover

Contact the UW’s Office for Planned Giving – more details here and here

UW Tower, Box 359515
Seattle, WA 98195-9515
206-685-1001, or toll free: 1-800-284-3679

For more information, contact:

Nicole Klein
(425) 246-7373

The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish people of the lands and waters where the ASUW Shell House rests — land that touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.