Campus & Community

Weld Boathouse

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Harvard Rituals

Situated on the Cambridge side of the Charles River, Weld Boathouse is an iconic structure that rests at the midpoint of the Head of the Charles Regatta’s course. The building was completed in 1906, financed by George Walker Weld, a member of the Class of 1860. This boathouse replaced another that he had funded in 1889.

Adjacent to the Larz Anderson Bridge, the boathouse is a constant commotion of activity. Providing a home to Radcliffe rowing squads since the 1970s, it has served, according to Dan Boyne, coach of the recreational sculling program, as the hub of rowing at Harvard since its earliest days.

Winnie Parker, a graduate of Radcliffe and avid rower, has relied on the boathouse for the past decade. Parker, who rows up to four times a week, said, “I just think it’s the best. I love it, I love coming here, I love rowing, I love the river, I love the boathouse, I’m totally into it.”