Leather District

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  • 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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130-136 Lincoln St B 130-136 Lincoln St B Leather District
200 Lincoln St 103 200 Lincoln St 103 Leather District
107 South 2A 107 South 2A Leather District
140 Beach 1 140 Beach 1 Leather District
111 Beach Street 2A 111 Beach Street 2A Leather District
111 Beach Street 5C 111 Beach Street 5C Leather District
717 Atlantic Ave. 3A 717 Atlantic Ave. 3A Leather District
111 Beach 1E 111 Beach 1E Leather District
70 Lincoln St. 219 70 Lincoln St. 219 Leather District
111 Beach Street 1F 111 Beach Street 1F Leather District
111 Beach Street 3-B 111 Beach Street 3-B Leather District
181 Essex St 205 181 Essex St 205 Leather District