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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86 South Street Unit 5ab 86 South Street Unit 5ab Leather District
134 Beach St 6 134 Beach St 6 Leather District
43 Winter St 3 43 Winter St 3 Leather District
210 Lincoln St. 602 210 Lincoln St. 602 Leather District
150 Lincoln St 5-b 150 Lincoln St 5-b Leather District
210 South St 4-3 210 South St 4-3 Leather District
200 Lincoln St 103 200 Lincoln St 103 Leather District
200 Lincoln Street 302 200 Lincoln Street 302 Leather District
140 Beach 1 140 Beach 1 Leather District
210 South 4-4 210 South 4-4 Leather District
210 South St 3-4 210 South St 3-4 Leather District
210 South St 31 210 South St 31 Leather District
717 Atlantic Ave 5A 717 Atlantic Ave 5A Leather District
107 South 4E 107 South 4E Leather District
717 Atlantic 4D 717 Atlantic 4D Leather District
107 South Street 3D 107 South Street 3D Leather District
181 Essex St 205 181 Essex St 205 Leather District
181 Essex Street E803 181 Essex Street E803 Leather District
181 Essex St 605 181 Essex St 605 Leather District