Committee selects firm to design boathouse at Mystic River Boathouse Park

Mystic _ The Friends of Stonington Crew Boathouse Committee has selected an architectural firm to design the boathouse planned for the Mystic River Boathouse Park.

The committee received 23 proposals from firms in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to design the Hart Perry Boathouse. After interviewing six firms, the committee selected Anmahian Winton Architects of Cambridge, Mass.

The firm has designed the Harry Parker Boathouse for Community Rowing, Inc. in Boston, Mass.

“The committee believes AW will bring three critical qualities to the project: design, innovation, and enthusiasm,” said Mike O’Neill, the committee’s Director of Rowing, in announcing the selection of the firm. “Their creative approach to problem solving will help us maximize our limited space and budget, and design a boathouse that will support the rowing programs we plan to offer the community.”

This week the firm is expected to begin working with landscape architecture firm Kent + Frost of Mystic and the Town of Stonington to assess the site. The Boathouse Committee is also expected to brief the firm on program plans and equipment storage needs. The committee plans to have initial boathouse designs for the public to review and comment on in a few months.

While Stonington voters have approved $2.2 million in bonding to buy the 1.5-acre site on Route 27 just north of Mystic Seaport and develop a public park, the private group of rowing supporters is raising money to construct the $2.5 million boathouse, which will be home to the Stonington High School crew team and the Stonington Community Rowing Club.



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