Boston's Rowing Boathouses

Rowing has a long history in Boston, and boathouses have been a feature of the Charles River since the 1850s. They range from simple sheds to elaborate Victorian buildings to striking contemporary designs, marking the ongoing growth of the sport through the past century.

Today, Boston is an international capital of rowing and host to the Head of the Charles Regatta, one of the premier events in the sport. It is held annually on the third weekend of October, and attracts thousands of competitors from around the world and hundreds of thousands of spectators to cheer them up the river from the BU Bridge to Allston.

Riverside Boat Club historian Dick Garver and Kate Sullivan have published an unparalleled history of rowing in Boston, recommended for anyone interested in the sport, the development of the Charles, or local history. See

Photo: Parker Community Boathouse, ©Mike Champion, courtesy Anmahian Winton Architects