Party for Preservation

Join us for a celebration of the unique history of the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club (PGRC) boathouse and our contribution to rowing. Proceeds from the event will benefit the club's Shore Her Up! campaign to preserve the house's architectural facade and rehabilitate the masonry structure to its original condition.

Your ticket includes food, drinks, and entertainment at a special venue designed to showcase the beautiful potential of Philadelphia's historic spaces.

If you can't attend the event but would like to support our preservation efforts, please consider making a donation.

Saturday, October 15, 2016
4 to 7 p.m.

The Courtyard Studio of Materials Conservation Co.
155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia

Ticket Prices
$75 (early bird): Through Sept. 16
$85 (regular): Sept. 17 - Oct. 14
$100 (door): Oct. 15

Advance ticket sales have ended. Please plan to pay at the door if you have not already purchased tickets.

A Place of Firsts

In 1938, four intrepid women sought equal opportunity…to row, alongside men, on the Schuylkill River. Like other efforts of its era, the women could not find support within traditional rowing circles, so they started their own club — the first of its kind —and called it The Philadelphia Girls’ Rowing Club.

In its history, PGRC women have broken barriers: The women’s eight became the first to win the National Women’s Rowing Championships in 1966 and were the first American women’s rowing club to compete in the European Championships. One of our current members brought home Olympic gold in 1984, and another was instrumental in creating the National Women’s Rowing Association.

Our clubhouse at #14 Kelly Drive has an even longer history than our club. Built in 1861, the facility is located on City land, owned by PGRC, and fully maintained by its members. It was the very first structure built on what later became known as Boathouse Row.

The National Historic Landmarks Program has identified the PGRC boathouse as being “most at risk” among historic sites, due to erosion and the rigors of time. Funds raised at the Party for Preservation will help the club pay for extensive masonry work to help restore the club to its original condition. 

PGRC needs your help to help preserve this architectural gem and retain the historic character of a place that all Philadelphians know and love.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Level Amount Benefits
Pointing $250 Recognition at the event (presentation & program)
Mortar $500 2 tickets to the event, recognition at event (presentation & program), 1 copy of book on Boathouse Row
Anchor $1,000 4 tickets to the event, recognition at event (presentation & program), 1 copy of book on Boathouse Row, exclusive tour of PGRC
Keystone $5,000 6 tickets to the event, recognition at event (presentation & program), 1 copy of book on Boathouse Row, exclusive tour of PGRC/twilight cocktail hour on the deck

To become a sponsor, please print, complete, and mail a Sponsorship Form (pdf) to PGRC.

Mailing instructions and additional details are provided on the form.


Materials Conservation Co. provides professional services for the conservation of architecture, historic buildings, private and public collections, sculpture, museum objects, mural paintings, and other heritage resources.

The firm owns and operates a studio located at 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. in Kensington, with an open-air courtyard that highlights the firm's work in bringing old materials -- and buildings -- to life again.


Directions & Parking

The venue address is 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave., but the entrance is on Mascher Street. Signage will direct you where to go the corner.

All parking is street parking, so please check the signs for time limits and other restrictions when you park your car.

The best options for parking are around the Moffet School, on the 1600 block of N. Mascher Street (one-way going south), W. Oxford Street (between Mascher and Howard), Cecil B. Moore (between Mascher and Howard), and Howard Street (between Cecil B. Moore and Oxford Street).

Public transportation
The venue is a 7-minute walk from the Berks-MFL (SEPTA) subway line.

Download our venue map (pdf), which has notes on where to enter and park.


Ready, Willing & Able provides paid transitional work, training, education, and housing for homeless individuals -- helping them become contributing members of the community again. Dressed in their signature uniforms, the "men in blue" provide supplemental maintenance to the City of Philadelphia's parks and public spaces, including Boathouse Row and Kelly Drive. Ready, Willing & Able also operates a culinary arts training program, which provides food handling and preparation skills, and assists participants in securing employment at area restaurants.

The Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club is proud to partner with the "men in blue" to provide delicious food for the Party for Preservation.

PGRC is also proud to partner with St. Benjamin Brewing, a newly opened craft brewery and taproom operating in Kensington. At the Party for Preservation event, St. Benjamin Brewing will serve its inventive craft beers for guests to enjoy. PGRC and St. Benjamin Brewing both share a commitment to historic preservation, as the brewery is located in the historic carriage house and stables of the former Theo Finkenauer Brewery, just half a mile from our event venue.

Moore Brothers will offer a wine tasting of premier wines during PGRC's Party for Preservation. Guests will be able to sample up to five different varieties from Moore Brothers' extensive collection.