The decade of the 1920s was the first to have a nickname: The "Roaring '20s" or "Jazz Age". It was a decade of prosperity and dissipation; of jazz bands and bootleggers, flagpole sitters, raccoon coats, flappers, and marathon dancers. A new slang emerged in which anything wonderful was considered to be "the bee's knees" and drinking too much bathtub gin could get you "ossified". Writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Ernest Hemingway were all the rage, as were musicians Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and Duke Ellington. Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson, John Barremore, and Mary Pickford lit up the Silver Screen. It was a decade of excess, and in Canton, Ohio, a new neighborhood was born.......
Historic Ridgewood at a Glance
With its brick and tree-lined streets, historic lampposts, and architecturally significant homes designed by the most renowned area architects of the early 1900’s for the movers, shakers, and most notable area leaders of the time, Ridgewood remains one of Canton’s most unique historic neighborhoods 100 years later.
This residential area occupies 2.5 square miles and is within walking distance of Malone University and Weis Park. Its 295 homes lie between 19th NW, 25th NW, Market Avenue, and Frazer. East of Market, Ridgewood includes 22nd NE and 24th NE as far as Gibbs Avenue, and two homes on Spring Avenue NE. The neighborhood contains a broad mix of residents, from young and growing families, career professionals, retirees, and some whose families have been in the neighborhood for generations.
Historic Ridgewood began as the Ridgewood Allotment in 1918. The Leonard Agency (Leonard Insurance) began to develop the land in 1919 and continued building homes through the 1930s. At the time, Mrs. Louise Leonard visited a new allotment called Ridgewood in Springfield, Ohio and was impressed. She suggested to her husband, George, that the new area be called the same. He agreed.
In 1977, efforts began to gain designation on the National Register of Historic Places, which was achieved in 1983. Historic Ridgewood exists today because a group of dedicated Ridgewood residents worked tirelessly to make it happen. The Historic Ridgewood Association remains indebted to those preservationists who recognized the importance of saving the history and culture of a bygone era.