St. Paul Street-Calvert Street

St. Paul Street and Calvert Street are a one-way pair of streets in Downtown Baltimore and areas north. The streets, which are part of Maryland Route 2, are two of Baltimore's best-known streets in the downtown area.


St. Paul Street

St. Paul Street begins off Charles Street just south of Coldspring Lane near Loyola College. From this point on, the street runs directly parallel to Charles Street, exactly one block east of Charles Street.

St. Paul Street is two ways until the intersection with 31st Street. Northbound traffic is relegated to a single northbound lane, separated by median, and with metered parallel parking.

St. Paul Street is exit 4 off the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83).

In the downtown area between Centre and Lexington Streets, St. Paul Street is split into two parallel, nearby streets, one being identified as St. Paul Place. While the more westward of the two intersects with all streets within these blocks, the eastward passes under Orleans Street. The area between the two St. Paul Streets, known as Preston Gardens, replaced a downtown slum area in 1919 and was landscaped by Thomas Hastings.[1] The gardens are named after Baltimore politician James H. Preston, who was mayor and a Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates.

Notable landmarks

Calvert Street

The Battle Monument of Calvert Street

As St. Paul Street is mostly one-way southbound, Calvert Street, which is directly east of St. Paul, is open to northbound traffic.

Calvert Street begins at Pratt Street near the Inner Harbor and continues through the downtown area and various north Baltimore neighborhoods before terminating in Guilford.

At its railroad crossing near I-83, Calvert Street once had an arch-style bridge, though not as interesting looking as the one on nearby Howard Street. The present crossing on Calvert Street is ordinary-looking.

Notable landmarks

Light Street

After passing Baltimore Street, St. Paul Street changes its name to Light Street. Light Street becomes a large, two-way street after passing Pratt Street, the point where Calvert Street begins for northbound traffic. Light Street continues through Key Highway, passing through Federal Hill and South Baltimore until its terminus at Wells Street.

Though quite short in length, Light Street is well-known in the area, forming the western boundary of the Inner Harbor tourist area. The Maryland Science Center is located on Light Street, and the McCormick Spice Company between 1889 and 1989 was located on Light Street opposite the Inner Harbor.

Light Street is named for Darby Lux I, an early Baltimore merchant who had a house on the street.


  1. ^ Power, Garrett (December 1983). "Apartheid Baltimore Style: The Residential Segregation Ordinances of 1910-1913". Maryland Law Review 42: 289, 316. 

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Coordinates: 39°19′4″N 76°36′53.2″W / 39.31778°N 76.614778°W / 39.31778; -76.614778

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