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Ridgely's Delight, Baltimore

Ridgely's Delight Historic District
The birthplace of Babe Ruth
Ridgely's Delight, Baltimore is located in Maryland
Ridgely's Delight, Baltimore
Location Roughly bounded by S. Fremont Ave., W. Pratt, Conway and Russell Sts., Baltimore, Maryland
Coordinates
Area 24 acres (9.7 ha)
Built 1823
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Italianate, Federal, Late Federal
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 80001790[1]
Added to NRHP June 6, 1980

Ridgely's Delight is a historic residential neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Its borders are formed by Russell and Greene Streets to the east, West Pratt Street to the north, and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from the western to southern tips. It is adjacent to the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and M&T Bank Stadium. It is situated a short walk from MARC Train and the Light Rail's Camden Station, which has made it a popular residence of Washington, D.C. and suburban Baltimore commuters. It is within a 5-minute walk of both Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium and a 10-minute walk from Baltimore's historic Inner Harbor.

In 1792, James McHenry purchased a 95-acre (38 ha) tract from Ridgely's Delight and named it Fayetteville in honor of his friend Lafayette.[2]

With its name derived from Charles Ridgely II's plantation Ridgely's Whim, Ridgely's Delight was originally inhabited by craftspeople but later became home to affluent professionals who used their resources to make the rowhouses more ornate. [3]

Ridgely's Delight is the birthplace of Babe Ruth and home to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum on Emory Street. Several bars and shops are located in the neighborhood, most popularly Quigley's Half-Irish Pub, Camden Pub, Corner Bistro & Wine Bar, and Peace and a Cup of Joe.[4]

Quigley's Half-Irish pub, a neighborhood tavern located in Ridgely's Delight

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ Bernard C. Steiner and James McHenry, The life and correspondence of James McHenry (Cleveland: Burrows Brothers Co., 1907).
  3. ^ "A tight-knit city community". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  4. ^ http://www.ridgelysdelight.org/businesses.php

External links

  • Ridgely's Delight Association
  • "A revived charmer still a secret", Baltimore Sun
  • Ridgely's Delight listing at Maryland Historical Trust
  • Ridgely's Delight listing at CHAP includes map
  • Demographics from Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
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