2011 Walnut Street, Floor 2
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Vesper Boat Club
Addition and renovation to a historic building on Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row. This
project received the Preservation Alliance’s 2016 Grand Jury Award. The new
construction projects the club’s strong tradition of rowing into the 21st century with
equal facilities for men and women.
Like the high-tech design of the modern rowing shells, the addition to the boathouse
strives to improve upon an inherently beautiful structure. New spaces include a skylit
entry vestibule/ stair hall, women’s locker rooms and training space, kitchen, office, and
riverside deck. This project is leading to the establishment of a community rowing
program pairing Vesper oarsmen with local high school athletes. The final phases of this
project, re-installation of a flagpole on the original waterside gable, and installation of
the clock on the new waterside gable, were completed in 2014.