I adore Boathouse Row. It is a National Historic Landmark sight that sits on the east bank of the Schuylkill River in Philly. It consists of 15 boathouses that house social and rowing clubs, along with allllllll their equipment.
Each boathouse has it's own history, and all of them date back at least a century. Philly's Boathouse Row is considered the center of the United States rowing/sculling scene. Members compete at every level: local clubs, high schools, colleges and international.
Honestly, you have to try REAAAAAALLY hard to pass by this section of the Schuylkill River and NOT see rowing. Luckily, this Saturday morning I hit the jackpot....a regatta. And since I'm talkin' some serious B.S. here.....the trees still held all their gorgeous autumn colors. I think I got them captured in their last few hours of brilliance before they were "Gone With the Wind".
As long as I've lived in Philly, I have only admired these buildings from the outside. There is just an "upper class" aura about them. Sort of like you are trespassing on a different world when you walk by these pieces of history So when a hurricane is impending, and your hobby is boats, and you sit on a river...you've got to move these babies inside...