Shotgun Homes in New Orleans

Shotgun Homes in New Orleans | Architecture

The architectural style that is most synonymous with New Orleans has to be the shotgun home, either single or double (duplex for those not from the area). Shotguns fit perfectly onto the narrow lots that made up early New Orleans, often with only 25-30 feet of frontage but typically with a depth of at least 100 feet. The front width of a lot was used in the original property tax assessment in the city, so building widths were kept to a minimum. Most of these homes originally had very few or no closets, with residents using armoires for storage.

What’s a shotgun house?

A “shotgun house” is a narrow rectangular domestic residence, usually no more than 12 feet (3.5 m) wide, with rooms arranged one behind the other and doors at each end of the house. It was the most popular style of house in the Southern United States from the end of the American Civil War (1861–65), through the 1920s.

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Over the years, many of the shotguns in NOLA have been renovated and remodeled to fit a more modern lifestyle, but many of them still have some of the original details (pine floors, fireplace fronts, mantels, transom doors) that make them ubiquitous in the city.

Shotgun Homes for Sale in New Orleans – Singles


Shotgun Homes for Sale in New Orleans – Doubles




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