Crescent Boat Club
|Crescent Boat Club|
|Location||#5 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.|
|Home water||Schuylkill River|
|Former names||Pickwick Barge Club and Iona Barge Club|
|Vice President||Tom Bryan|
|Navy delegate||Dona Gormley|
|Coaches||Ray D'Amico, Zach Coons, John Hayburn, Troy Madden|
|Colors||Red and White|
|Affiliations||Roman Catholic High School Archbishop Prendergast High School|
Crescent Boat Club
|Part of||Boat House Row (#87000821)|
|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 when Pickwick Barge Club and Iona Barge Club merged. 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 undoubtedly helped the sport greatly."
Today, Crescent Boat Club continues to contribute to the rowing community and Schuylkill Navy. The club houses two high school rowing programs, Roman Catholic High School and Archbishop Prendergast High School during the scholastic seasons and its own novice, junior, and senior sculling programs as well as a private membership and social group. The club is available for rent to host events, meetings, parties, celebrations and gatherings.
Between 1869 and 1871, Crescent erected a boathouse with Pennsylvania Barge Club. Today, the Club's boathouse exhibits the work of renowned Philadelphia architect Charles Balderston. From 1890 to 1891, Crescent made alterations and additions, designed by Balderston, to the 1871 building. 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.
After World War II
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. The Club was known as LaSalle Rowing Association until 1960. By 1974, the boathouse was vacant. Under the leadership of John Wilkins, the house was later reoccupied by Crescent. 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.
Crescent Boat Club,
#5 Boathouse Row in 1972.
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