Weld Boathouse

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Weld Boathouse from the Charles River, with Harvard University buildings visible in the background and the partially frozen Charles River in the foreground
Front view (seen from intersection of modern Memorial Drive and John F. Kennedy Street) with first-floor plan
Front view with second floor (showing locker rooms and adjacent "rubbing" rooms)

Weld Boathouse is a Harvard-owned building on the bank of the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is named after George Walker Weld, who bequeathed the funds for its construction.


Weld boathouse is actually the second of two boathouses created on this spot by George Walker Weld. The first was built in 1889. The second, grander structure was built in 1906 with funds that Weld bequeathed for that purpose. It is this famous Cambridge landmark, perhaps best viewed from Boston looking across the Charles, whose centennial was celebrated in 2006.[1]

Situated at the halfway point of the Head of the Charles course, the Weld Boathouse is just a short walk from Harvard Yard and serves as an integral part of Harvard's athletic landscape. It is also a favored subject of painters and photographers.

The structure serves as a base for Harvard's rowing, boating and crew teams. On occasion, it has been the home of more esoteric pursuits such as the hand-carving of a traditional baidarka of the type used by Aleutian hunters.[2]

Although previously used for Harvard men's freshmen team, Weld Boathouse is currently the home of both the heavyweight and lightweight squads of Radcliffe Women's Crew (representing Harvard University). Additionally, Weld Boathouse is home to the recreational sculling facilities provided by Harvard University, and the House Crews of Harvard College's twelve residential colleges. (Harvard men's rowing Uses Newell Boathouse on the other side of the river.) Graduate rowing programs also use Weld.

Anderson Memorial Bridge[edit]

Next to the boathouse is the Anderson Memorial Bridge built in 1913 by Weld's niece Isabel Weld Perkins and her husband Larz Anderson. This bridge was designed with "a high enough arch to admit the passage of all sorts of pleasure craft." Both the Weld Boathouse and the Anderson Memorial Bridge were funded by heirs to the fortune of 19th century magnate William Fletcher Weld.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lambert, C.A. "The Welds of Harvard Yard". Harvard Magazine. Archived from the original on 8 November 2006. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Building a Baidarka at Weld Boathouse". President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Harvard University. 28 May 1998. Archived from the original on 18 April 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2019.


Coordinates: 42°22′10″N 71°07′20″W / 42.3694°N 71.1221°W / 42.3694; -71.1221