Bounded roughly by Harvard, Salem, Superior and Broadway in North West Dayton.
The Dayton View Historic District, home to the 1999 Rehabarama, stands out in the family of Dayton historic districts for its diversity of architectural styles extending from the late 1880s to the 1920s.
A walk through the area finds home styles including high Victorian and Queen Anne, Jacobethean and Chateauesque, classical American Foursquare and the Prairie School of Midwestern Architecture.
The most regal homes of the district were constructed with wide staircases, third-story ballrooms, carriage houses, and ornate mantle pieces, but even the more modest homes in the area hold treasures of unique architectural details. Today the beauty of Dayton View’s housing is complemented by the depth and richness of its economic and cultural diversity.
The area’s style and layout should be credited to the vision of James Oliver Arnold, whose farm house still stands at the northwest corner of Superior and Arnold. The original portion of the farmhouse dates to 1832. James Arnold envisioned a grand neighborhood of broad, tree-lined streets graced with large, impressive homes set back comfortably from the street. Reforestation efforts following the loss of Arnold’s distinctive elm trees are reviving Arnold’s dream.
For more on historic Dayton View, read The Story of "Dayton View" by Howard Burba.