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About the Dayton View Triangle Federation

The official neighborhood association for the Dayton View Triangle

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The Dayton View Triangle – defined by Salem Avenue, Philadelphia Drive, and Cornell Drive – is one of the most attractive and stable neighborhoods in the City of Dayton.  People from many different cultural, ethnic, professional, and educational backgrounds have chosen to live here.  Its biggest assets are the high quality and variety of the housing stock; the many mature trees and gardens; and the active community involvement of many of the members of the neighborhood. 

Sidewalk-lined streets with well-tended lawns and flowering shrubs provide a serene setting for over 800 homes.  Mostly built in the 1920s to 1950s, the houses represent a variety of distinctive architectural styles, from proper Colonials to charming Tudors to English country cottages to Spanish-style residences.  They feature wonderful architectural details like unique doorways, elaborate moldings, lovely staircases, leaded glass, and hardwood floors.

The land currently in the Triangle was originally part of a tract purchased by Bonebrake Theological Seminary in 1911.  The Seminary, which became United Theological Seminary, retained 35 acres, and sold off the rest to a developer who marketed it to others.  Only a few streets have houses from that early time; most of the Triangle was initially settled by businessmen and professionals, many of them Jewish and unwelcome in Oakwood, looking for upscale housing on higher ground after the 1913 flood.  As African-Americans continued to expand their residential opportunities in the 1960s and 1970s, they too began to make their homes in the Triangle. 

Today, the neighborhood is home to many professionals from a variety of cultural backgrounds.  Our neighborhood association, the Dayton View Triangle Federation, welcomes the participation of new residents in our projects.  An electronic community network has been initiated, with nearly 200 member families so far.  The DVTF has a presence on Facebook as well as this website, and residents frequently post on Nextdoor.

Within walking distance are several parks and a recreation center complete with an Olympic-sized swimming pool.  The former Seminary grounds, at the heart of the Triangle, were designed by the landscape architecture firm of Frederick Law Olmsted (designers of New York City’s Central Park), and many residents enjoy its grounds and walking paths.  Now the Harvard Campus of Omega Baptist Church, it is being redeveloped (see New Life at Seminary).  Senior housing is under construction, and construction of the Hope Center for Family Life is expected to begin next year.    

A variety of churches are located within one mile of the neighborhood, the Five Rivers Health Center is close by, and Grandview Hospital is only a couple of miles away.  Downtown Dayton is less than three miles away, and is also accessible by Dayton’s bus service.  (See Nearby Attractions.)  WPAFB is approximately a 20-minute commute.


Triangle residents have access to public, magnet, charter, private, Montessori, and faith-based schools.  For all types of families and homeowners, the Triangle provides a gracious and comfortable setting at an excellent value. 

We who live in the Triangle are committed to keeping our neighborhood one where we truly know our neighbors, not just see their cars go by.  You are invited to drive through our beautiful streets and stop to talk with someone doing yard work or out walking.  You will feel a friendliness and warmth that contribute greatly to making the Dayton View Triangle one of the best places to live in the Dayton area!

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