No matter what New Orleans neighborhood you may find yourself in, odds are that you’ll run across a shotgun house. Be it a single or a double (duplex, for those of you not from NOLA), the original layout of a shotgun home was one room behind the other, forcing residents to walk through each room to reach the rear of the home where the kitchen and bathroom were located.
Over the years, many of the double shotguns have been converted into single family homes, allowing owners to redesign the floor plan, make it a little more modern and provide more privacy than the original residents had and increase the square footage of the house since they usually were no more than 15 feet wide.
Exteriors run the gamut. You’ll find big front porches or little front stoops. Plain columns or Greek Revival touches. Ornate brackets and trim or simple embellishments.
Even new construction can be found around the city in the shotgun style, as developers take a page from the past and attempt to make new homes fit right into the surrounding properties.
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