Crescent Boat Club Restoration

#Historic Building #Carpentry#Masonry/Stucco#Gutters

CD Kaller helped restore and protect the historic 1867 Crescent Boat Club on Boat House Row along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

Crescent Boat Club was formed in 1867 when veterans returning from the Civil War merged two rowing clubs, the Pickwick and Iona clubs. The boat house was designed,by a member, architect Davis Supplee ins a mid-Victorian Gothic style. Renowned Philadelphia architect, Charles Balderston, in 1891 raised the roof, adding another bay for the boats, and revamped the exterior to a late Victorian Era fashion – post and beam neo-Tudor with soaring highly detailed brick chimneys and eyebrow windows in the roof. ((History of Crescent Boat Club)

Some of the work we did included:

  • Restored/Replaced much of the exterior woodwork,
  • New Stucco on the upper sections
  • Repainted the exterior
  • Added new gutters to protect the new stucco and woodwork

Club President, Bill Shea summed it all up in a nice letter:

Dear Curt,

I'm writing to share with you how pleased we are with the work that you completed for us at Crescent Boat Club. The workmanship and professionalism that were exhibited by you and your crew throughout the project did not go unnoticed. Completing the job on schedule and within budget certainly added to our positive impressions with your firm.

While we have addressed the majority of the interior renovations through our own club-based workforce and with the help of a few contractors over the years we were always somewhat apprehensive contracting the exterior work. One main reason is we did not want anyone "experimenting" with our 143 year old National Historic Landmark property. You overcame our concerns at the first meeting as you shared the approach you would take as you fully recognized the stakes of working on this historic building and you delivered!

Feedback from club members and others on the Row have been extremely complimentary. As I like to say, the house "pops" now. The freshly painted, replaced, or repaired woodwork is offset very nicely now by the brightness of the replaced stucco. Adding the much needed gutters will provide the protection some of this woodwork has not had over the years and will certainly preserve the work you just completed. Power washing the old stone frontage and finally ridding the front of the tar stains from the roof work we did years ago really looks terrific.

Please feel free to use us as a reference and I will be glad to share how satisfied we are with your work. We look forward to seeing you when weather permits to offer estimates on the side of our building and begin to plan those renovations. We will not be going out to bid on this work as further testament to the fine job you have already done for us. Enjoy your holidays and I look forward to speaking with you soon.


Bill Shea
Crescent Boat Club
5 Kelly Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19103