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Kip du Pont Boathouse

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1988–1989, Richard Conway Meyer

This rustic-looking facility housing crew shells stands at the head of a new inlet. Outer walls are of a single layer of cedar clapboarding, so the building can breathe. The bow-shaped roof of the lower section is fashioned from exposed wooden trusses. Over a repair bay stands a navelike social space, the warming room, with a deep porch framed in bold trefoil arches. In a playful Postmodern touch, corner posts betray their nonstructural nature by being whittled to a point. Meyer, its Philadelphia architect, admires the work of architect Robert Venturi. The boathouse was honored by Time magazine in its “Best of 1990” list: “An enchanting building, as graceful as the sculls inside. . . . With its timber framing and clover-shaped arches, [it] could make one yearn to be sixteen again.” Meyer went on to transform the St. Andrew's campus with a series of new buildings and renovations, including an arts center (2001–2004) adjacent to the boathouse, sensitively adapted to its site and broken into small masses to reduce its apparent scale. The arts center employs standing-seam, lead-coated-copper panels for its complex roofscape.

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W. Barksdale Maynard
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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Kip du Pont Boathouse", [Townsend, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DE-01-LN19.2.

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 220-220.

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