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
103-109 South 2A 103-109 South 2A Leather District
210 Lincoln St 801 210 Lincoln St 801 Leather District
717 Atlantic Ave 2A 717 Atlantic Ave 2A Leather District
121 Beach 203 121 Beach 203 Leather District
210 South Street 10-3 210 South Street 10-3 Leather District
200 Lincoln St 103 200 Lincoln St 103 Leather District
111 Beach Street 2H/I 111 Beach Street 2H/I Leather District
210 Lincoln Ph 901/902 210 Lincoln Ph 901/902 Leather District
140 Beach 1 140 Beach 1 Leather District
96 South St 3 96 South St 3 Leather District
107 South St 2C 107 South St 2C Leather District
717 Atlantic Ave 7B 717 Atlantic Ave 7B Leather District
181 Essex St. E402 181 Essex St. E402 Leather District
70-80 Lincoln Street 418 70-80 Lincoln Street 418 Leather District
210 Lincoln 702 210 Lincoln 702 Leather District
150 Lincoln St 5B 150 Lincoln St 5B Leather District
717 Atlantic Ave. 3A 717 Atlantic Ave. 3A Leather District
181 Essex St E403 181 Essex St E403 Leather District
200 Lincoln St 404 200 Lincoln St 404 Leather District
72 Kneeland 72 Kneeland Leather District
68 Harrison Avenue 502&503 68 Harrison Avenue 502&503 Leather District