Steele's Hill–Grafton Hill Historic District

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Steele's Hill–Grafton Hill Historic District
Dayton Masonic Center.jpg
The Dayton Masonic Center, a part of the district
Steele's Hill–Grafton Hill Historic District is located in Ohio
Steele's Hill–Grafton Hill Historic District
Steele's Hill–Grafton Hill Historic District is located in the US
Steele's Hill–Grafton Hill Historic District
Location Roughly bounded by Grand, Plymouth, Forest, and Salem, Dayton, Ohio
Coordinates 39°45′59″N 84°12′15″W / 39.76639°N 84.20417°W / 39.76639; -84.20417Coordinates: 39°45′59″N 84°12′15″W / 39.76639°N 84.20417°W / 39.76639; -84.20417
Area 70 acres (28 ha)
Built 1880
Architectural style Classical Revival, Bungalow/Craftsman, Queen Anne
NRHP reference # 86001237[1]
Added to NRHP June 5, 1986

The Steele's Hill–Grafton Hill Historic District, or simply known locally as Grafton Hill, is a small 18-block sector of Dayton, Ohio, United States that was developed in the late 19th century.

Historic district[edit]

In 1986, Steele's Hill–Grafton Hill was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[1] It is also a locally designated historic district.[2]

History[edit]

Although sometimes considered part of Dayton View, Grafton Hill has its own separate and important existence and history. It was developed at a time when Dayton’s population was moving from the center of the city outward, north of the Miami River. Grafton Hill was enlarged and enriched in 1875 when John Stoddard, a wealthy and prominent farm implement manufacturer, developed the exclusive Belmonte Park residential area. The construction of the Dayton Art Institute and the Dayton Masonic Temple added to the affluent aura of the community. Today, Grafton Hill is known for the depth of its economic and cultural diversity. The fashionable nature of Grafton Hill remains intact and continues to be celebrated.

Architecture[edit]

The architecture of Steele Hill–Grafton Hill Historic District include Jacobeathan style but also contains Queen Anne, Victorian, Craftsman, Classical Revival and Tudor style homes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "City of Dayton – Historic District Map" (PDF). Retrieved 5 October 2013. 

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