With spectacular views of the University campus and the Boston skyline, the boathouse was designed to meet the future needs of the school’s championship rowing program.

Project Challenge

Located on the banks of the storied Charles River in Cambridge, the Boston University boathouse project was formally dedicated in September, 1999.

Named in honor of the grandparents of University trustee Richard DeWolfe, the boathouse serves as home to the Boston University men’s and women’s crew teams. The boathouse marks the starting line of the ‘Head of the Charles Regatta’, the world’s largest two-day rowing event.

Architectural Solution

Affording spectacular views of the University campus with the Boston skyline in the background, the boathouse was designed to meet the future needs of the school’s championship rowing program.

Working in partnership with the construction team, knowledgeable JELD-WEN sales representatives were able to provide detailed and accurate project drawings and installation details, aiding in the successful completion of the boathouse.

In conjunction with the need for a custom color match to the school’s colors, the construction design team required windows durable enough to stand up to the demands of a waterfront facility. Featuring a 20-year exterior clad finish, JELD-WEN’s Custom Wood double-hung, awning and fixed picture windows with insulated glazing provided a clean exterior profile with narrow contemporary divided light design. Segment top fixed picture windows aided the design team in construction of 32-foot radius wall overlooking the river.

A member of the Massachusetts Building Congress Hall of Fame, the Walsh Brothers DeWolfe Boathouse project was awarded the Build Massachusetts Performance Award. Architect Jeffreys M. Johnson said, “JELD-WEN was able to produce windows customized both in size and configuration, as dictated by our design and in the client’s custom color."

Product Details

  • Custom Wood Windows with prefinished exterior cladding
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified windows featuring Low-E glazing

Project Team

  • Architect: ARC / Architectural Resources Cambridge - Cambridge, MA
  • Builder: Walsh Brothers, inc. - Boston, MA