We have co-authored several books and recently published a new book in June 2018:  A History of the Westchester Cooperative and Its Neighbors, available through DogEar Publishing or directly from the author, Peter T. Higgins.   

This book traces the history of 27 acres in Cathedral Heights, NW Washington, DC from the early 1700s through the late 1980s. The research started to trace the history of the 3900 Watson Place N. W Inc. Cooperative where the author has lived for 17 plus years. During the research the focus switched to the land under the cooperative and its neighbors - from the early 1700s on. One interesting fact discovered through research: the land was the site of a Georgetown City Council powder magazine in the 1820s. 

The land changed from a cattle farm to just under 1,000 housing units starting in the late 1920s. The initial change was the 1930 building of the Westchester Apartments and the impact of the Depression. All of the other buildings on that land (3900 Watson Place, The Cathedral West, The Colonnade, and the Ginger Elkins subdivision) were built in 1960 through 1968. But a lot of interesting history was made in the intervening 28 years (1931-1959): The Westchester was sold twice and then converted into a Cooperative;  the ownership was explicitly questioned by President F D Roosevelt in the 1940s; the newspaper delivery boy of the 1940s went on to become a multi-billionaire; and a set of gates were imported from England to grace the campus entrance in the 1950s. 

The first 20 pages of the book are the early history of the land including the 1921 purchase of the land by William Kennedy of Kennedy-Warren fame; then there are 16 pages on the history of the Westchester Cooperative; followed by 32 pages on the 3900 Watson Place Cooperative, The Cathedral West, The Colonnade, and the Ginger Elkins subdivision; a brief conclusion; and 6 pages of appendices. To compliment the text there are 50 illustrations (maps, color photographs, and newspaper clippings) spread throughout the 81 pages in the book. 

The following book covers are hyperlinked to web sites where the books can be purchased. Just click on a book cover image and you’ll go to the website where you can order a copy of that specific book:

2004    Peter T. Higgins and Kathleen M. Higgins coauthors: Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) with Peter Komarinski and Lisa Fox (Published by Elsevier Academic Press.)

2003    Kelton C. Higgins coauthor: Images of America - Cleveland Park with Paul K. Williams (Published by Arcadia Publishing.)

2002     Peter T. Higgins coauthor: Biometrics – Identity Assurance in the Information Age with John Woodward and Nick Orlans (Published by Osborne, a Division of McGraw Hill.)


© Peter Higgins 2018