About the Book
In 2006, photographer James "Coe" High became a resident of the Mexican War Streets in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's North Side. He is living in and restoring one of its historic Victorian row houses. During morning walks, Coe's eye was caught by the many handsome doors found on houses in this grand neighborhood and wanted to share these doors with you via this collection of colorful photographs.
Visitors to Pittsburgh should not miss the opportunity to walk through this lovely tree-lined neighborhood rich with 160 years of history, and well-preserved by its diverse and creative residents.
Walking through Pittsburgh’s Mexican War Streets on the North Side, you step backward in time. It’s the 1840s and you're not in Pittsburgh, but in prestigious Allegheny City. General William Robinson is organizing his hillside acreage into 20-foot wide lots. He is naming streets to memorialize the Mexican-American War and selling lots to an economically diverse population. Soon, the streets are lined with a wide variety of Victorian homes. The neighborhood grows and becomes part of Pittsburgh in 1907. Suffering the fate of most inner cities, the Mexican War Streets deteriorate until the 1970s when total demolition is suggested. Residents push for preservation and a comeback begins.
Today, it is a historic district dense with beautifully restored row houses, tree-lined streets and, of course, the eye-catching Victorian doors presented here in Door to Door - Mexican War Streets.
Five Percent of net proceeds will be contributed to the Mexican War Streets Society.