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Peterson Architects is working with Bruner Cott Associates to renovate the Newell and Weld Boathouses for Harvard University.  Both designed by Peabody and Stearns, Newell was completed in 1901, and Weld followed in 1906.  The buildings are prominently located along the Charles River, with Weld serving as a gateway to the University.  Both have endured over a hundred years of consistent and intense use without having major renovations.

The goal of this project is to renew the buildings and retain their original design and patina while making careful and respectful modifications to these elegant structures.  The buildings’ old and new materials will respect the past, meet the needs of current rowers and serve as an appealing draw to entice future recruits.

Both buildings will be modernized with new energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems, cutting-edge boat, oar, and equipment storage, renewed and expanded training space, and improved accessibility.

The end result will be buildings that meet the demands of modern rowers, and respect the tradition of rowing at Harvard.  


Weld: Photograph by Christopher Michel, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons.

Newell: Photography by Peterson Architects