National Register of Historic Places in Marin County
The following paragraphs are excerpted from the National Register Nomination Form:
The boathouse is historically significant as one of the few surviving reminders of a once-popular turn-of-the-century resort activity. The boathouse represents a period in our past when row-boating was a major recreational activity, and contributes to Inverness' sense of time and place. Recommended for placement on the Register at the local level of significance.
The town of Inverness was founded in 1889 as a small subdivision from land owned by James McMillan Shafter.
Brock's Boathouse was built around 1913. The 300 ft. wharf had been there since 1908.
About the same time, a prominent member of the Inverness Yacht Club left that organization and took a sizable following of friends down the Bay about a quarter of a mile to rent lockers and berths from Brock Schreiber, proprietor of the Boathouse. From that point on, for some 30 years, Brock's Boathouse was the hub of social activity for the small resort community of Inverness...
...Available at reasonable rates were rides on the Bay in one of several launches built and maintained by Brock Schreiber. The hearty sea-person could venture to any of several beaches for a quick dip and some active socializing....
With the acquisition and opening of the Point Reyes National Seashore, Inverness began another stage in its long and unique development....Surrounded on all four sides by State and Federal parks, this small community is visited by hundreds of thousands of people annually.