33rd Street (Baltimore)
33rd Street
Owner City of Baltimore
Location Baltimore
Postal code 21211, 21218
West end North Charles Street
East end Hillen Road

33rd Street, originally called Thirty-third Street Boulevard, is a long, wide, east-west parkway with a broad tree-shaded median strip. It is surrounded by 1920's-era "Daylight-styled" row houses with porches and small front yards. It was designed by the Frederick Law Olmsted Brothers firm, as part of their Baltimore Plan of 1904 and 1921 for establishing stream valley parks and connecting boulevards[further explanation needed].

33rd Street is designated as "East" and "West" 33rd: the Johns Hopkins University campus and Wyman Park separate West 33rd -- a six-block-long residential street which runs from Beach Avenue at the east to Falls Cliff Road at the west -- from the main part of the street, East 33rd.

The street is served by part of the MTA bus routes 3 and 22.

Current Landmarks

Johns Hopkins University

33rd Street is bisected by the Johns Hopkins University campus,[1] a notable institution of higher education,[2] particularly renowned for its student research program and teaching hospital. Johns Hopkins also occupies the building formerly used by Eastern High School: a large, H-shaped, red brick, English Tudor Revival/Jacobethan styled building with limestone trim, constructed 1936-1938.

Baltimore City College

On the south side of 33rd street, between Loch Raven Boulevard and The Alameda, is Baltimore City College. It is an all-boys magnet public high school, the third oldest public secondary school in America (founded 1839 in downtown Baltimore, and eventually relocated to the 33rd Street building in 1928). City College is a massive stone structure, with a 150-foot bell tower in the Collegiate Gothic Revival style architecture. A historic landmark and the capstone of the Baltimore City Public Schools, City College boasts many famous alumni.

The campus replaced Abbottston, the Victorian-era mansion and estate of Horace Abbott, Canton iron works/foundry owner from the American Civil War era.

Lake Montebello

33rd Street ends at Lake Montebello, an artificial retention pond that is part the Baltimore City and County drinking water system. The lake is fed from Loch Raven Reservoir.

Former Landmarks


33rd Street passes to the north of an area where two historic stadiums were built in succession. In 1922, Municipal Stadium (also known as "Baltimore Stadium" and "Venerable Stadium") was built on the site of the former Venable Park. Municipal Stadium was demolished in 1949, and the following year (1950) Memorial Stadium was built in its place. Memorial Stadium was demolished in 2002.

While these stadiums were active, the name "33rd Street" was synonymous with the professional sports teams that played in this northeast Baltimore neighborhood, being the homes of major league baseball's Baltimore Orioles (1954 to 1991), the National Football League's Baltimore Colts (1950 and 1953-1983), the Canadian Football League's Baltimore Stallions (1994 & 1995) and the NFL's Baltimore Ravens (1996 & 1997).

Memorial Stadium also served as an occasional college football "home" venue for the Maryland Terrapins, the Navy Midshipmen (including hosting the Navy-Notre Dame football rivalry multiple times), and the Morgan State Bears.

33rd Street was also home to two of the nation's oldest high school football rivalries, with the annual "Turkey Bowl" (Calvert Hall College vs. Loyola Blakefield) and "City-Poly Game" (Baltimore City College vs. Baltimore Polytechnic Institute) played each year on Thanksgiving Day at Memorial Stadium.

The section of 33rd Street in front of the stadium was renamed "Babe Ruth Plaza" in honor of famous Baltimore baseball player George Herman ("Babe") Ruth.


On the north side of 33rd Street, near the intersection of 33rd and The Alameda, was the Federal-styled mansion and estate of Montebello, named after the European battle[]. Built in 1799, it originally belonged to Samuel Smith, a famous city merchant/financier, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, Mayor and commanding Major General of Maryland State Militia during the War of 1812 and the Battle of Baltimore. It was razed circa 1907.


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