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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111 Beach Street 2HI 111 Beach Street 2HI Leather District
210 South Street 9-2 210 South Street 9-2 Leather District
717 Atlantic Avenue 8A 717 Atlantic Avenue 8A Leather District
210 South Street 11-4 210 South Street 11-4 Leather District
210 South St 5-1 210 South St 5-1 Leather District
96 South Street 4 96 South Street 4 Leather District
121 Beach 403 121 Beach 403 Leather District
717 Atlantic Ave 2A 717 Atlantic Ave 2A Leather District
200 Lincoln St 103 200 Lincoln St 103 Leather District
111 Beach Street 2H/I 111 Beach Street 2H/I Leather District
140 Beach 1 140 Beach 1 Leather District
144 Lincoln St 6 144 Lincoln St 6 Leather District
107 South St 2C 107 South St 2C Leather District
70 Lincoln L317 70 Lincoln L317 Leather District
200 Lincoln St 404 200 Lincoln St 404 Leather District
118 South Street 3A 118 South Street 3A Leather District
72 Kneeland 72 Kneeland Leather District
68 Harrison Avenue 502&503 68 Harrison Avenue 502&503 Leather District