Restoring Historic Dayton neighborhoods, one house at a time.

Dayton Originals

Welcome to Historic South Park

South Park is Dayton's largest historic district comprising a 24-block area in East Dayton. There are more than 700 structures dating from the 1860s to the early 20th century. Residents live within walking distance of restaurants, grocery stores, and two of Dayton's largest employers, the University of Dayton, and Miami Valley Hospital.
Visit the official South Park neighborhood website.

Close to everything

South Park is conveniently situated near downtown Dayton, which has undergone a renaissance of art, culture, and nightlife in recent years. Being so close to downtown means that a ten minute walk or bike ride will take you to:

  • The Schuster Center, home to the Dayton Philharmonic, Ballet and Opera
  • Dayton Dragons Minor League Baseball Stadium
  • The Dayton Art Institute
  • Dayton Riverscape MetroPark, featuring riverside activities, a bike path, and ice-skating rink
  • Annual city festivals
  • Farmers Market
  • Downtown YMCA (with pool, fitness center, and childcare)

If you're bored in South Park,
you're not paying attention

Friendly, unassuming neighborhoods aren’t simply relics of the past. For many of us, they are the future. In Dayton’s South Park, the architecture is inviting and the community spirit is alive and well. The streets are quiet, but a brisk walk can take to you to a child’s playdate, a neighbor’s porch party, the neighborhood tavern, the neighborhood pizza parlor, a bar or café, churches and shops, parks and seasonal festivals—and the disproportionate amount of arts and culture available to the diverse 150,000 inhabitants of the city of Dayton.
Visit the official South Park neighborhood events calendar.
Read blog entries about South Park at

Our local hangouts

You can tell a good neighborhood by the quality of its hangouts—and the number of neighborhood regulars. We are happy to promote our neighborhood tavern and pizza parlor:



In 2008, Historic South Park was recognized nationally, winning the NUSA Neighborhood of the Year Award for Physical Revitalization. The annual award recognizes neighborhood organizations for the improvement projects that are initiated.

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The energy of South Park comes from people in all walks of life—blue and white collar, young and old, newcomers and long-time residents. Among the 1,200 neighborhood families you’ll find a diverse socioeconomic mix:
• lawyers
• architects
• artists
• clockmakers
• physicians
• grant writers
• pastors
• authors
• consultants
• graphic designers
• teachers
• realtors
• candy makers
• nurses
• interior designers
• entrepreneurs
• musicians
• web designers
• accountants
• homemakers
• botanists
• carpenters
• city planners
• legal assistants
• video producers
• factory workers
and supervisors
• actors
• marketers
• government analysts
• military
• engineers
...and many more.