The boathouses are seen as centers of the rowing community around the United States. Rowers from the boathouses compete at every level, including local clubs, high schools, colleges, summer racing programs, and international-level athletics.
In 1979, lights designed by architectural lighting designer Raymond Grenald were installed to outline each of the boathouses, giving them a nightly Christmas-like gingerbread house appearance and reflecting in the Schuylkill River. He proposed the lights after hearing talk of destroying the decaying Victorian boathouses. Lights on the buildings at night would serve to make them more noticed and appreciated. In 2005, after two refurbishings, the houses were outfitted with computerized LEDs that can light up in various colors, depending on the event or season.
Light Houses; Boathouse Row is getting new LED bulbs, and club members aren't taking the $300,000 project lightly.
Dec 22, 2004; Queen Village neighbors Henry Hauptfuhrer and Troy Martin-O'Shia were chatting over a couple of beers earlier this year. The...