Mexican War Streets

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Mexican War Streets Historic District
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Mexican War Streets is located in Pennsylvania
Mexican War Streets
Location Irregular pattern between Brighton and Arch Sts. and between O'Hern and West Park (original),
Roughly bounded by Armandale St., Carrington St., Charlick Way, Reddour St., and W. N. Ave. (increase),
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Area 27 acres (11 ha) (original)
25.7 acres (10.4 ha) (increase)
Architectural style Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Greek Revival, Late Victorian (original)
Greek Revival, Italianate, Romanesque, Second Empire (increase)
NRHP Reference # 75001612 and 08000845[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 28, 1975 (original)
September 4, 2008 (increase)
Designated CPHD December 26, 1972[2]
Designated PHLF 1976[3]

The Mexican War Streets, originally known as the "Buena Vista Tract", is a historic district in the Central Northside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The district is densely filled with beautifully restored row houses, community gardens and tree-lined streets and alleyways. The area dates from 1848, around the time of the Mexican–American War, and consists largely of row houses, mostly Victorian-era.

The Mexican War Streets Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. In that year, the listing was a 27-acre (11 ha) area and there were 119 buildings deemed to contribute to the historic character of the district. In 2008, the district's listing was increased to include an additional 288 contributing buildings over a 25.7-acre (10.4 ha) area.[1]

Three entities associated with the district are Mexican War Streets Society (MWSS), the Allegheny City Central Association (ACCA) and Brighton Place Preservation Coalition (BPPC).

Brief history

In the late 19th century, Allegheny, Pennsylvania (later annexed by Pittsburgh), became known for its stately homes, occupied by some of the area's wealthy families. One such area became known as the Mexican War Streets. These streets were laid out between 1848 and 1855 by Alexander Hays on land owned by General William Robinson, who later became mayor of the city of Allegheny. A number of the streets are named after battles and generals of the Mexican–American War, including Buena Vista Street, Monterey Street, Palo Alto Street, Resaca Place, Sherman Avenue, and Taylor Avenue. Fremont Street (currently Brighton Place) had been named in recognition of John C. Frémont.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Mexican War Streets Designated Historic District" (PDF). City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission. Retrieved 2010-01-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009 (PDF). Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2010. p. 14. Retrieved 2010-07-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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