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Old February 27th, 2006, 02:30 AM   #1
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Dayton's Deluxe Grafton Hill area.

I am that well travelled, but of the cities I have visited I have not seen a neighborhood like this so close to downtown. Sort of a 1920s mansion district but right next to downtown Dayton...comparable neighborhoods in Dayton are a few miles out, but this one is right in town.



And it really is a hill, too. Two big institutions, the Masonic Temple and the Art Institute overlook the city (they where the sites of big "Second Empire" style mansions of leading 19th century industrialists)



Yet whats really special is the pleasant residential neighborhood behind them...







architectural detail...



Craftsman style house...




Tudor revival was very popular in Datyon








In some cases an old mansion or two was demolished for aparments, some being fairly tall, like this one. I think this is the Park Layne.



A few more large tudor revival houses....



..on Stoddard Circle.






More detail


On of the institutions crowning the hill is Assumption Greek Orthdox church, site of the popular Greek Festival (Dayton has a fairly influential Greek community, though the old Greektown was demolished via urban renewal and highway construction)









Some views from the church....







probably the great public institution on Grafton Hill is the Dayton Art Institute. Here are some views from below.....



..with a grand flight of stairs leading up to the main entry (based on Villa d'Este I think)






The main public entrance is from the rear, though.





The grounds act as sort of a sculpture garden...



Walking around to the front of the building....





..results in a fabulous view of Downtown Dayton (and a not so special view of I-75)


a detail of the lamps at the front entrance.


another view toward downtown


Across the street from the Art Institute is the huge Masonic Temple. The auditorium is sometimes used by arts organizations for cultural events.





Grand Avenue is the northern edge of Grafton Hill, and is lined with apartments and older houses. Here is the oldest apartment building on Grand.







Some nice bungalow and craftsman homes....







..as well as some victoriana, including funky renovations...









..at the corner of Grand and Forest.


...there is also this great old apartment buidling, now condo.


...freindly Dayton folks welcome you!


around the corner, check out the vaguely pagoda-esque church..





also around the corner is McKinley Park, which was, in the 19th century, the site of a big factory that made turbines and other machine shop products....It was apparetnly closed and the location turned into this pleasant urban amenity.



Fronted by aparements and houses...





..couldnt not take this one...the house is flying the Latvian flag!


The park also has tennis courts...



Further west in the neighborhood there are more elevator buildings and older housing, which is being restored.



















old high rise apartments peeking through the sideyards.



..and, finally, Grafton Hill was the site of an important innovation in automobile technology...one of the foundations of Dayton's 20th century prosperity.



Farewell from Grafton Hill, and Dayton
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Old February 27th, 2006, 02:52 AM   #2
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That's a nice neighborhood. And given Dayton's great history and quick growth spurt, decent size, and subsequent long period of leveling off to decline, it does kind of make sense to have a neighborhood like this in close proximity to downtown. It is nice to see that the nieghborhood has maintained a portion of it's upper crust charm. It looks like the muckety-mucks haven't completely fled.
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Old February 27th, 2006, 02:57 AM   #3
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woops...in the first section:

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I am that well travelled, but of the cities I have visited I have not seen a neighborhood like this so close to downtown.
..I meant to say that I am not that well travelled....

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I guess what suprised me about this neighborhood when I first discovered it is that the part in the first part of the thread resembled areas like Hyde Park or Observatory in Cincy or the Cherokee Park area in Louisville, yet was very close to downtown vis a vis those other neighborhoods and their respective cities' downtowns.

The area in the later part of the thread had more of the late victorian look one would expect in a close-in upper class neighborhood.
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Old February 27th, 2006, 02:28 PM   #4
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when did you take these pictures? Are the trees already blooming in Dayton...?

Very jealous if so...very cold here in Japan still...

Great photos, by the way.
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Old February 27th, 2006, 02:36 PM   #5
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nice pictures!...you sure love your dayton! its a great city.
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Old February 27th, 2006, 08:43 PM   #6
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LoL...I guess someone has to!

Seriously, I am not a native, but I do find the place an interesting subject up to a point. I am not that into new "development" (and there isn't much here anyway) so I post more on the older parts of town and older suburbs.
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Old February 27th, 2006, 10:37 PM   #7
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Looks like an upsclae version of my house in BAltimore:

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Nice neighorhood and pics!
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