Ridgely's Delight, Baltimore

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Ridgely's Delight Historic District
Babe Ruth Birthplace.JPG
The birthplace of Babe Ruth
Ridgely's Delight, Baltimore is located in Baltimore
Ridgely's Delight, Baltimore
Ridgely's Delight, Baltimore is located in Maryland
Ridgely's Delight, Baltimore
Ridgely's Delight, Baltimore is located in the United States
Ridgely's Delight, Baltimore
LocationRoughly bounded by S. Fremont Ave., W. Pratt, Conway and Russell Sts., Baltimore, Maryland
Coordinates39°17′8″N 76°37′31″W / 39.28556°N 76.62528°W / 39.28556; -76.62528Coordinates: 39°17′8″N 76°37′31″W / 39.28556°N 76.62528°W / 39.28556; -76.62528
Area24 acres (9.7 ha)
Architectural styleItalianate, Federal, Late Federal
NRHP reference #80001790[1]
Added to NRHPJune 6, 1980

Ridgely's Delight is an 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][3]

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. [4]

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.[5]

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


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Bernard C. Steiner and James McHenry, The life and correspondence of James McHenry (Cleveland: Burrows Brothers Co., 1907).
  3. ^ Richard Greenwood; John Hnedek; Janet Kennelly & Steven Levy (September 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Ridgely's Delight Historic District" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  4. ^ "A tight-knit city community" (PDF). The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
  5. ^ http://www.ridgelysdelight.org/businesses.php

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