Boathouse Row

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Boathouse Row
  • Waves of Change in the Birthplace of American Rowing by Dotty Brown

  • The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia 2018 Preservation Education Award

The history of Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row is both wide and deep. Dotty Brown, an avid rower and former editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, immersed herself in boathouse archives to provide a comprehensive history of rowing in Philadelphia. She takes readers behind the scenes to recount the era when rowing was the spectator sport of its time—and the subject of Thomas Eakins' early artwork—through the heyday of the famed Kelly dynasty, and the fight for women to get the right to row. (Yes, it really was a fight, and it took generations to win.)

With more than 160 photographs, a third of them in full color, Boathouse Row chronicles the “waves of change” as various groups of different races, classes, and genders fought for access to water and the sport. Chapters also discuss the architectural one-upmanship that defined Boathouse Row after Frank Furness designed the stunning and eclectic Undine Barge Club, and the regattas that continue to take place today on the Schuylkill River, including the forgotten forces that propelled high school rowing.

Beautifully written and illustrated, Boathouse Row will be a keepsake for rowers and spectators alike.

  • 288 pages
  • 10 x 8
  • 63 color photos, 3 line drawings, 110 halftones
  • hardcover
  • published 2016

This publication was supported by a generous donation from H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest.

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