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Chinatown - Leather District

Introduction to Boston's Downtown

Chinatown - Leather District

If you want to explore Boston and its many incredible districts, few places are as memorable as the Chinatown-Leather District. Originating in 1883 near South Street and the financial district, the Leather District earned its name due to the high concentration of leather manufacturers in the area when it was founded. Since then, this area has become one of the most popular downtown areas in Boston. Its earliest history started in the 1830s when the South Cove area was filled out through various land-expansion enterprises. Buildings started going up after the Great Boston Fire of 1872, a blaze that took out much of the downtown and commercial area. The leather industry redirected itself to this area, creating a vitally important manufacturing district that has remained a fun place to explore.

For instance, many of the buildings in this district come from the late 1800s period. And most were designed by some of the most important and influential Boston architects of the time. The facilities here became a significant influence on the Richardsonian Romanesque style, a popular architectural movement throughout Boston that includes many unique designs that create the look that the downtown area is known for today.

After the Chinatown-Leather District was declared a historical landmark in 1983, the area has become a mixed-use area. Beyond the commercial and industrial businesses, many new residential areas have popped up. Loft living is widespread in this area, throughout the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The downtown Boston railway is not far from this district, making it easier to explore the city with minimal difficulty.

When you explore Boston and the Leather District today, you can get incredible access to a broad range of other shopping and dining experiences. The historical importance of this district has made it a place where many commercial enterprises still invest. Historic landmarks and many other exciting points litter the area, such as Chinatown's Beach Street entrance gate, a downtown Boston trademark. Many of the most popular destinations here include specialty Asian restaurants and food stores. Many of these stores highlight the history of the area, including the uniquely heavy concentration of Asian individuals throughout the downtown Boston area. When you explore here, you'll learn more about how these individuals struggled to integrate their culture with the surrounding area.

Other popular destinations throughout the area include the nearby Theater District, the historical waterfront, and Tufts Medical Center. As a thriving community and a popular destination for visitors, the Leather District remains one of downtown Boston's most historic places. And it remains a place that visitors can explore for days without discovering everything. So the next time you explore Boston, make sure that you book a trip to this area. Many lodging options are available throughout.