The Mexican War Streets are a beautiful and historic neighborhood with plenty to offer. The name comes from the 1840s development of the land which was then called Buena Vista. The surrounding streets were named from people and places of the Mexican-American War, hence the current name, the Mexican War Streets. From the architecture to the artistic attractions, a whole day can be spent exploring this North Side neighborhood. Here are six things you should check out on your next visit.
The Mattress Factory
The Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum that showcases unconventional art from artists working in residence from around the world. The nearly 20 site-specific exhibits aim to motivate, challenge and excite visitors to think about the world in new, creative ways. Insider's tip: Admission is half-off every Tuesday.
Opening on Buena Vista Street in January of 2016, Commonplace Coffee has pleased many visitors with their specialty coffee at its newest location on the Mexican War Streets. They are all about the relationships with both the customer and producer and say their coffee shops are "a way of creating space to hang out with you." The cozy coffee shop is the perfect spot to grab some caffeine during your exploration of the Mexican War Streets.
The architecture of the homes and businesses on the Mexican War Streets is one of the most charming parts of the historic neighborhood. Victorian architecture is seen throughout the neighborhood's 19th century crafted homes. The architecture may have lacked in grandeur at the time, but craftsmanship and style made up for this. Don't know where to start? Take a stroll down Buena Vista Street, Monterey Street or West North Avenue to find beautifully restored homes.
Randyland is Pittsburgh's most colorful attraction. The home of artist Randy Gilson is open for visitors most days 10am-5:30pm. Randy has turned this run down, litter-filled corner of the Mexican War Streets into a bright, welcoming area for everyone. His house and garden, painted in bright colors, decorated with lawn furniture, mannequins, mirrors and an array of other knickknacks, is a must see.
The Monterey Pub is a little piece of Ireland on Pittsburgh's North Side. They offer a cozy atmosphere with cold beer, mahogany booths, a fireplace and traditional (and not so traditional) food. You can grab the usual pub food like burgers and wraps or try traditional Irish flare such as fish and chips or Devonshire boxty.
Every year, The Great Mexican War Streets Yard Sale takes place on the Mexican War Streets, offering buyers a unique setting to find new treasures and enjoy food trucks. This year's yard sale is on Saturday, June 3 from 9am-2pm. Every September, The Annual Mexican War Streets House and Garden Tour allows visitors to go on self-guided tours of the restored homes and gardens in the neighborhood. These events are the perfect excuse to stroll through the streets rich in history and culture.
If you haven't already, add the Mexican War Streets to you summer bucket list. The attractions combined with the Victorian architecture make this neighborhood a pleasing destination for Pittsburgh natives and visitors alike. The Mexican War Streets Society was founded to promote and preserve the Mexican War Streets and is a great resources for those who want more information about the neighborhood before visiting.