The elder statesman among Charles River boathouses, Newell Boathouse has maintained its charm, beauty, and practicality for more than a century.
Located just a short walk from most Harvard residences, Newell is easily accessible for morning and afternoon workouts, both for indoor training and rowing on the Charles. The river runs through the heart of Harvard's campus and has the Boston skyline as its backdrop.
There are eight miles of rowable water available for practice and the Head of the Charles Regatta passes right in front of Newell's dock. The Crimson's home races take place just a few strokes downstream in the Charles River basin.
Built in 1900 and named for Crimson rower and football star Marshall Newell '94, it was a gift of the Harvard Club of New York.
Newell's walls are replete with the history of the Harvard rowing programs, from championship plaques to posters, from team photos to treasured oars and boats. Team members and visitors alike marvel at the memorabilia proudly hung on the building's second floor.
Yet Newell still remains more than capable of handling a rower's needs. It contains two indoor rowing tanks and modern practice equipment, a video room, space to house all the crew's shells, a workshop, meeting rooms, and locker facilities.
To request a boat launch from Newell, please contact the boathouse at (617) 495-7775 or visit our Facility Rental Information page.
Facility Hours: Not open for recreational use; see Weld Boathouse for sculling
* Two indoor rowing tanks * Modern practice equipment * Video room * Meeting rooms * Varsity locker rooms