South Park and Patterson, Ohio

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South Park is a 24-block of historic buildings that date from the 1880s to the early 1900s. Located south of downtown Dayton, these structures have old-time charm and character. One finds a variety of home styles including Second Empire, High Victorian Italianate, Queen Anne, Federal and Romanesque Revival. Homes in South Park and Patterson are generally in the affordable range.


South Park is also of significance because John H. Patterson, the founder of the National Cash Register Company, built his factory there. At that time, the area was basically shacks and was called Slidertown. Mr. Patterson sponsored community gardens and other neighborhood projects. The community developed with his assistance into a pleasant place to live. Many of the factory’s laborers and supervisors resided in South Park. In 1984, South Park was registered on the National Register of Historic Places. The Dayton chapter of American Institute of Architects became a community partner and the result was to “Rehabaramas” – one in 2001 and the other in 2007. A person of note – actor Martin Sheen – was raised in South Park on Brown Street.


I-75 is the closest major interstate. State Route 35 edges along to the north of South Park. Dayton International Airport services the area.


Miami Valley Hospital is located nearby and is a Level I trauma center.


There are several local cafes, coffee shops and restaurants to enjoy. The area has several antique shoes to browse. Most businesses are located along Wayne Avenue and Warren Street. University of Dayton is nearby with its shops and cafes.


The Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum is one of the nation’s five oldest rural garden cemeteries with 3,000 trees. Many of these tree are more than a century old and are called “Ohio Champions”. The nearby Great Miami River Recreational Trail is not too far away. One can bike to Riverside Park and the Second Street Market. The community has yearly events including a Halloween parade and a Memorial Day Walk.