Leather District

Boston / Leather District

  • Leather District

    About Leather District

    Built on a landfill created from tidal flats in the early 1800s to provide additional housing for Boston’s expanding middle class population, Chinatown is home to Boston’s largest Chinese community, in a unique mix of residences and family owned and operated businesses. As the area’s original residents moved out of the area in the 1840s, an influx of immigrants moved in, including Chinese, Irish, Italian, Jewish and Syrian, who converted the area’s single family homes to multiple unit tenements. Commercial uses, including textiles and leather works, began at the turn of the Century with the construction of South Station and the Washington Street Trolley line. To this day, Chinese restaurants and specialty shops fill the ground floor levels of residential buildings.

    The Leather District is a small but growing sub-neighborhood of Chinatown. Located between Dewey Square and Kneeland Street, the Leather District is a nine-block area noted for its 19th century brick warehouse structures. These historic buildings were constructed primarily during the 1880s, with a design focused on efficient and economic manufacturing. The leather industry and related wholesalers required space for display, offices and work areas, thus, huge, ground floor display windows don these buildings, set in sturdy cast iron columns – a unique signature of the Leather District.

    In the 1980s and 1990s, the Leather District has grown as a mixed-use area, filled by a variety of commercial and residential tenants.

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107 South 5C 107 South 5C Leather District
121 Beach Street 603 121 Beach Street 603 Leather District
109-119 Beach St 5C 109-119 Beach St 5C Leather District
210 South St 8-2 210 South St 8-2 Leather District
70 Lincoln St L413 70 Lincoln St L413 Leather District
181 Essex Street E204 181 Essex Street E204 Leather District
200 Lincoln St 203 200 Lincoln St 203 Leather District
200 Lincoln St 103 200 Lincoln St 103 Leather District
140 Beach 1 140 Beach 1 Leather District
121 Beach Street 801 121 Beach Street 801 Leather District
210 Lincoln Street 401 210 Lincoln Street 401 Leather District
107 South St. 2F 107 South St. 2F Leather District
717 Atlantic Ave. 1D 717 Atlantic Ave. 1D Leather District
70 Lincoln Street 418 70 Lincoln Street 418 Leather District
116 Lincoln Street 5B 116 Lincoln Street 5B Leather District
111 Beach Street 1E 111 Beach Street 1E Leather District
111 Beach 5G 111 Beach 5G Leather District