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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108 Lincoln St 6B 108 Lincoln St 6B Leather District
107 South 2A 107 South 2A Leather District
210 Lincoln St 801 210 Lincoln St 801 Leather District
111 Beach Street 4A 111 Beach Street 4A Leather District
210 Lincoln Street 301 210 Lincoln Street 301 Leather District
717 Atlantic Ave 2A 717 Atlantic Ave 2A Leather District
210 Lincoln St 202 210 Lincoln St 202 Leather District
132 Lincoln Street 2L 132 Lincoln Street 2L Leather District
200 Lincoln St 103 200 Lincoln St 103 Leather District
140 Beach 1 140 Beach 1 Leather District
111 Beach 4E 111 Beach 4E Leather District
96 South St 3 96 South St 3 Leather District
109-119 Beach St 3E 109-119 Beach St 3E Leather District
107 South St. 2F 107 South St. 2F Leather District
210 South Street 5-5 210 South Street 5-5 Leather District
181 Essex Street E702 181 Essex Street E702 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