Wednesday, March 14, 2018

1918 UW Canoe House Nominated As City Landmark


Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board recently voted to nominate as a city landmark the University of Washington Canoe House (of Boys in the Boat fame).  

The Canoe House, currently used for boat storage, was originally constructed as a Naval Training Camp hangar. Tours are available of the canoe house.

The UW would like to rehab the building saying on their website:
In partnership with students, UW Recreation is studying the feasibility of restoring the ASUW Shell House.  
The goal is to retain the building’s rustic and historic nature, honoring the significance of this structure, its place on the National Register of Historic Places, and the role it has served for our student community for the last 100 years.   
The Canoe House, built in 1918 as a hangar for the Naval Training Camp, is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As described by the UW, "...the ASUW Shell House (Canoe House) is a public asset with a rich history for University of Washington students and the Seattle community." Learn more about the building's history and future plans.
Comments? Ideas? A story to share? If you are interested in helping UW Recreation restore the ASUW Shell House to its original glory and make way for great things to come,  click here to share your thoughts or go here to make a donation. For more information on how you can make the ASUW Shell House project a reality, ontact Nicole Klein (; 206.221.8517).

Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board declined to nominate Mackenzie Hall, originally submitted by the UW. Mackenzie Hall  was built in 1960 and was designed by Decker, Christenson and Kitchin.  The building represents post-WWII development.  .

(Photo courtesy of Daily Journal of Commerce)

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