Loeb boathouse in New York's Central Park. At Loeb Boathouse, visitors can rent rowboats, hire an authentic Venetian gondola, or dine overlooking views of the Lake. Boating on the Lake has been a popular pastime from the Park's earliest days. In 1874, Park architect Calvert Vaux designed a rustic building on the eastern shoreline on the spot where the boats are stored today, to provide covered space for docking and storage. With its charming Victorian touches, the building also featured a second-story terrace that afforded beautiful views of the Ramble. A popular draw for more than 80 years, the boathouse fell into disrepair by 1950 and was soon torn down. The Loeb Boathouse that New Yorkers and visitors know so well today opened at the Lake's northeastern tip in 1954.