The Old Shell House
Gordan Adam • George “Shorty” Hunt • Roger Morris • Chuck Day • Jim “Stub” McMillin • Joe Rantz • Don Hume • Bob Moch • John White Jr.
George Pocock, master shell builder, maintained a shop and practiced his craft in a loft at the rear of the building from 1922 to 1949.
Erected 2016 by UW Alumni Association. Plaque donated by Daniel James Brown, author of “The Boys In the Boat.” National Register of Historic Places #75001856.
Location. 47° 38.869′ N, 122° 18.005′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker can be reached from Walla Walla Road east of Montlake Boulevard NE. It is on the University of Washington Campus. Marker is mounted
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1890 Seattle Fire Department Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scion of the Washington Elm (approx. 0.7 miles away); George Washington (approx. ¾ mile away); Medal of Honor Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); United Confederate Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Reverend George Whitworth Grave (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Fremont Troll (approx. 2.2 miles away); Pantages House (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
Regarding The Old Shell House. This building is the only remaining WWI-era, US Navy, all-wood, seaplane hangar left in the world. Built in 1918, the war ended just a few months after it's completion. It was turned over to the University of Washington which quickly recognized it’s value as a shell house for the rowing team.
In 1922, George Pocock, the premier builder of collegiate rowing shells, set up shop in this hangar and constructed shells there until 1949. After 1949, the building would become the university’s “Canoe House” where students could rent canoes, kayaks, and row boats. Over the last few years it has served as a boat storage facility.
Also see . . .
1. Shell House History. (Submitted on June 29, 2019, by Lee C of Orting, Washington.)
2. HistoryLink Essay - ASUW Shell House (1918). (Submitted on June 29, 2019, by Lee C of Orting, Washington.)
3. Commemorating the Canoe House. (Submitted on June 29, 2019, by Lee C of Orting, Washington.)
4. Century-old ASUW Shell House is where the ‘Boys in the Boat’ became a team. (Submitted on August 18, 2019, by Lee C of Orting, Washington.)
5. ‘Cathedral’ on the Cut filled with history and meaning. (Submitted on August 18, 2019, by Lee C of Orting, Washington.)
6. Saving the Home of "The Boys in the Boat" and Men in the Ships. Includes radio podcast. (Submitted on September 11, 2019, by Lee C of Orting, Washington.)
Additional keywords. Rowing Seaplanes
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