The Historic Huffman Area is a neighborhood just east of Downtown Dayton with approximately 1200 residents. The Historic Huffman Neighborhood Association, led by President Mike Square, is the governing body that organizes socials, spearheads neighborhood beautification efforts, and markets the neighborhoods to potential residents and investors, among many other projects. Huffman is on the National Register of Historic Places with 595 of our 600 structures having a historic designation. Huffman is home to a variety of businesses including The Spot, Taqueria Garcia Mobil, DK Effect, Laundramato, and many others.
William Huffman was a prominent community leader in Dayton in the late 1800’s. Huffman purchased an East Coast company and moved it to Dayton including many of the factory workers. This business would become the Davis Sewing Machine Co. and Huffy Bikes at the location of what we now call The Davis Linden Building. From the very beginning Huffman sought to build a neighborhood that was inclusive for everyone. This is evident in the architecture of homes from cottages to large scale Victorian homes, sometimes right next to each other. Thankfully that socio-economic and racial diversity has remained to this day with a wide variety of people calling Huffman home. Notable in the architectural history of Huffman are the Victorian homes on Linden that William built for his family, the oldest standing school building in Dayton (now home to apartments for seniors) and the two churches that are in Huffman, Linden Ave. Baptist that William had built and St. Paul United Methodist.
Past Year Highlights
- 3rd and Linden Market Committee successfully identify and work with local investor to purchase the former Midnight Market building at 3rd and Linden.
- Numerous families move into the neighborhood, continuing the population growth of the neighborhood, particularly with children.
- Housing market increases in the double digits
- DK Effect opens and plans are in place for a future pizza and wing business next door
- Unique partnership formed with St. Mary’s Development to acquire property that the Huffman Community Garden is located on, giving ownership of the property to HHNA and also providing low income seniors access to garden plots.
- Neighborhood beautification efforts across the neighborhood with alley cleanups, empty lot cleanups, community garden efforts, etc.
- HHNA recipient of several grants making it possible for us to hang street banners on 3rd and 5th, replaced a broken gate at June St., and other beautification items such as planters, flowers, etc.
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