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Irvington, Baltimore

neighborhood statistical area

Storefront view along Frederick Avenue in the Baltimore neighborhood of Irvington

Coordinates: 39°16′53″N 76°41′03″W / 39.281434°N 76.684141°W / 39.281434; -76.684141Coordinates: 39°16′53″N 76°41′03″W / 39.281434°N 76.684141°W / 39.281434; -76.684141

Country United States
State Maryland
City Baltimore
 • Total 1.137 sq mi (2.94 km2)
 • Land 1.137 sq mi (2.94 km2)
Population (2008)
 • Total 4,548
 • Density 4,000/sq mi (1,500/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 21229
Area code 410 and 443

Irvington (Baltimore) is a neighborhood in the Southwest District of Baltimore, located between Yale Heights neighborhood to the west and the Gwynns Falls neighborhood to the east.[2]

More than 50 percent of the homes in Irvington were built before 1950. Its population in 2008 was estimated at 4,548.[1]

The community's boundary with the Gwynns Falls neighborhood is drawn by Caton Avenue and the MARC Penn Line. Its boundary with Yale Heights follows Maiden Choice Run from Frederick Avenue (north) to Loudon Park Cemetery (south). Irvington's southwest corner encompasses Loudon Park Cemetery, ending at Beechfield Avenue (west), where it meets the Beechfield neighborhood and Wilkens Avenue (south).[1][2]

Public transportation

MTA Route 10 passes through Irvington as it travels between Dundalk and Catonsville. The bus serves stops on Frederick Avenue and Yale Avenue.[3]

Quickbus Route 46 stops at Frederick Avenue and Augusta Avenue in Irvington as it travels between the Paradise Avenue loop and the Cedonia loop. It operates only on weekdays, from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.[4]


Mount St. Joseph College, located at 4403 Frederick Avenue in Irvington, is a Catholic high school for boys in grades 9 through 12. It was founded in 1873 by the Xavarian Brothers on the former Lusby estate.[5]

St. Bernardine's Catholic School, at 3601 Old Frederick Road, previously taught children from kindergarten through grade 8. It closed its doors on June 4, 2010, after 13 years of service. The school was one of 13 in the archdiocese selected for closing at the end of the 2009/2010 school year.[6][7] Prior to this, the elementary school was called Saint Joseph Monastery Elementary School. Behind this school was the original wooden school. This wooden school caught fire and burned down in the early 1970s.

Nearby schools

Two public schools are located in adjoining neighborhoods.

  • Beechfield Elementary School, at 301 South Beechfield Avenue in Yale Heights, serves children from pre-kindergarten through grade 6.
  • Sarah M. Roach Elementary School, at 3434 Old Frederick Road in the neighborhood of St. Joseph, serves pre-kindergarten through grade 5.

Significant landmarks

Irvington Theatre

Since it opened at 4113 Frederick Avenue in January 1925, the Irvington Theatre, with its marquee sign, was a prominent landmark of the community. After remodeling in 1967, it was renamed the Irvington Cinema and began screening classic and foreign films.[8]

The cinema's marquee became a somewhat less welcome presence in the neighborhood when the cinema began screening adult films in 1969. It closed in May 1971 in response to local protests. In September 1971, the building was converted into a church. A marquee sign is no longer attached to the building.[8]

St. Joseph Monastery

St. Joseph Passionist Monastery and St. Joseph's Monastery Parish, located at 3801 Old Frederick Road, constructed from blue granite blocks, are among the city's most beautiful historic structures. The Passionist Order was invited to Baltimore in 1865 by Archbishop Martin John Spalding. In 1868, the Passionists built a small wooden church on a tract of land along Frederick Avenue, opposite Loudon Park Cemetery. This building became known as the "Church of the Passion," marking the beginning of St. Joseph's Monastery Parish.[9]

Construction of a new, larger church began in 1881 and was completed in 1883. Its cornerstone was placed by Cardinal James Gibbons. The original monastery, beside the church, burned down in 1883. A new monastery was completed in 1886.[9]

The congregation of St. Joseph's Monastery Parish outgrew their church building in the following century. In 1931, Archbishop Michael Joseph Curley placed the cornerstone for the parish's current church building. It was completed on October 2, 1932.[9]


External links

  • Southwest District Maps
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