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Leather District

The smallest, most compact neighborhood in Boston.

Welcome to Leather District

The Leather District is the smallest, most compact neighborhood in Boston, encompassing only nine blocks. Wedged between Chinatown, Midtown, and the Financial District, the area is dense with architecturally interesting brick and cast-iron industrial buildings, which once housed the leather industry that thrived here in the late 19th Century – hence the name. Evoking the very trendy and edgy Tribeca and Soho neighborhoods of New York City, the Leather District has become very desirable in recent years, with new condominiums and loft-style residences being created in the former commercial buildings. 
The Leather District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The close proximity of the lively restaurants and nightlife of Chinatown, the Theatre District, and Fort Point, combined with the walkability to the Financial District, South Station transportation center, and the lovely Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, have also added to the appeal of the Leather District.
As with so many Boston neighborhoods, this area came into being with the land-making expansion in the mid-1800s. When the Great Boston Fire of 1872 decimated the city’s financial and industrial center, many companies relocated to the Leather District. 

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