McPherson Town Historic District

Bounded roughly by the Miami River, Main Street, and I-75 interstate highway in North Dayton.

McPherson Town is a residential enclave of 95 buildings situated on the north bank of the Miami River. Sparsely developed in the mid-1800s, development increased in the latter half of the 19th century, creating solid streetscapes of Eastlake and Queen Anne style buildings. The district, which today provides an unusually well preserved neighborhood of styles from the last half of the 19th century, fills a significant place in the progression of Dayton’s architectural history. It is also the city’s only substantial collection of residential buildings which relate directly to the Miami River and the effects of the 1913 flood. In 1993, it was home to the nation’s first Rehabarama.

McPherson Town’s size and location are its greatest advantage. With only five streets, travel is easy and relaxed. Everything downtown Dayton has to offer is only a short walk across the Main Street Bridge.

Through the work of the McPherson Town Historic Society several public improvements have been made to the neighborhood. The urban pioneers, who founded the Society in 1977, united residents around planting more than 200 trees. Perhaps the most innovative projects is the unique systems of landscaped cul-de-sacs and brick crosswalks to provide a safe environment for residents.