Ridgewood is only one part of the architectural and
historical link to Canton's past. The formation of the Ridgewood Preservation
Committee, now known as Historic Ridgewood, showed the commitment of the
residents to their neighborhood. The purpose of the formation of this
organization was to preserve the character of the neighborhood by preserving
brick streets, lighting standards, and through a vigorous membership campaign,
encourage neighbors to help maintain the historic flavor of the neighborhood.
As a result of the work of the original committee,
Ridgewood was listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic
Places in 1983. The administration of the City of Canton has pledged its
support to the restoration of the street lighting standards and the brick
streets to help us maintain the historic character and charm of our
The Ridgewood allotment is now over eighty years old.
A comparison of Ridgewood 1920 to Ridgewood 2001 is noteworthy for the fact that
the appearance of neighborhood has changed very little. The houses were built to
last and most of them are as well maintained now as they were many years ago.
Look at the photo of construction of a house on Market Avenue in the 1920's....
and compare it to the house as it looks today....!
The street lighting standards remain the same in the
neighborhood and there are still brick streets. Construction has continued in
the neighborhood over the years until virtually all lots are now filled. Newer
homes also add their own personality to this historic neighborhood.
Ridgewood has a very special family continuity. Many people raised in Ridgewood
have returned to purchase other homes in the neighborhood and to raise their
families here as well. This love for city and neighborhood is now being passed
to a new generation.
Ridgewood is only one of a number of 1920's developments in Canton, and across
the state of Ohio, showcasing Revival styles popular when the neighborhoods were
developed which have survived into the 21st century.
Last but not least, Ridgewood is proud to be a part of downtown Canton!