Crescent Boat Club

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Crescent Boat Club
Location #5 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Home water Schuylkill River
Established 1867
Navy admission 1868
Former names Pickwick Barge Club and Iona Barge Club
President Joe Ferry
Vice President Bill Shea
Secretary Keith Pellicone
Treasurer Rob Stack
Coxswain Justin Wolfington
Captain Jack Lees
Navy delegate Tom Bryan
Coaches Ray D'Amico, Chris Bratton, John Snyder
Lieutenants Tom Bryan
Membership Matthew Weaver, Joseph Horn, Mike Wellock, Gray Wheelgus, Sean Kosma, Bill Arch, Pat Woodruff, Tom Farrel, Nicholas Olimpo
Colors Red      and White     
Affiliations Roman Catholic High School
Website crescentboatclub.org
Crescent Boat Club
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Governing body Local
Part of Boat House Row (#87000821[1])
Added to NRHP February 27, 1987

Crescent Boat Club is an American amateur rowing club located at #5 Boathouse Row in the historic Boathouse Row of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1867[2] when Pickwick Barge Club[3] and Iona Barge Club merged.[4][5] Crescent Boat Club joined the Schuylkill Navy in 1868. In 1871, Crescent competed in and won the doubles event in the first regatta of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen, an event "which undoubtably helped the sport greatly."[6]

The boathouse[edit]

Drawing of Crescent Boat Club by architect Charles Balderston
Balderston's sketch of Crescent after renovations

Between 1869 and 1871, Crescent erected a boathouse with Pennsylvania Barge Club.[7] Today, the Club's boathouse exhibits the work of renowned Philadelphia architect Charles Balderston.[8][9] From 1890 to 1891, Crescent made alterations and additions, designed by Balderston, to the 1871 building.[10] The boathouse was initially two stories of stone, but Balderston's design added the upper stories of half-timbered brick and stucco, which cap the building today.[7]

After World War II[edit]

As a result of World War II, the club suffered a drastic reduction in membership. In 1951, Crescent turned the operation of its boathouse over to LaSalle Rowing Association.[11] The Club was known as LaSalle Rowing Association until 1960.[12] By 1974, the boathouse was vacant.[7] Under the leadership of John Wilkins, the house was later reoccupied by Crescent.[9] In addition to hosting LaSalle's team, Crescent also hosted the St. Joseph's University women's team and the men's team from Roman Catholic High School. Crescent has the smallest membership of the clubs in the Schuylkill Navy.[13]

Photo gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ Scharf, John Thomas; Westcott, Thompson (1884). "Public Squares, Parks, and Monuments". History of Philadelphia, 1609-1884 3. L. H. Everts & Company. p. 1871. 
  3. ^ Pickwick Barge Club was founded in 1865.Peverelly, Charles A. (1866). "Pickwick Barge Club". The Book of American Pastimes. New York. p. 217. 
  4. ^ Keyser, K. C. (1872). "Fairmount Park". Fairmount Park: Sketches of its Scenery, Waters, and History (5th ed.). Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen, and Haffelfinger. p. 21. 
  5. ^ "Crescent Boat Club, History". Crescent Boat Club. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Crowther, Samuel; Arthur Brown Ruhl (1905). "The Association of Amateur Oarsmen". Rowing and Track Athletics. New York: MacMillan. pp. 165–66. 
  7. ^ a b c "National Register of Historic Places Inventory--Nomination Form". NPS Focus, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior. 27 November 1983. p. 661. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Crescent Boat Club, Collection of 19th Century Architecture Images, Places in Time: Historical Documentation of Place in Greater Philadelphia". William A. Keely Collection, Bryn Mawr College. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta 2009 Program". Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. 2009. p. 18. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory--Nomination Form". NPS Focus, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior. 27 November 1983. p. 674. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Boathouse Row". Living Places. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  12. ^ Sweeney, Joe. "The History of the Penn Athletic Club Rowing Association: Part 2 - Beginning of the Clubs". Schuylkill Navy. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Crescent Boat Club". Schuylkill Navy. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 

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Coordinates: 39°58′09″N 75°11′12″W / 39.96930°N 75.18655°W / 39.96930; -75.18655