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New Orleans French Quarter, Bright Historic Shotgun Faces! Where ya at?

    Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope everyone is full of turkey and had a good time with family and friends today.  You always eat too much!   That is easy to do in New Orleans.  Just wanted to share some of my recent photos using  www.picnik.com to do some fun things.  The initial version is free and only $25 for the fancy version.  I use it weekly so its a good buy.

      The New Orleans French Quarter has been here since 1718 but these shot guns came much later and were not mansions.  Just wanted to call to the attention of detail with the Victorian gingerbread work  that became popular from 1830 to 1910.  The owners of these shotguns could dress them up with the style of the day which was Victorian Gingerbread work.  They could also be very creative with the colors not of American but those of the West Indies.  I guess you could say they were works of art since they are found in few places beyond the New Orleans area that I know of.

    The New Orleans French Quarter and the historic homes brighten the streets and the lives of the people living and visiting the area.  Its a mixture of Creole, West Indies, Italian and Irish who settled in in these shotgun neighborhoods.  Much of the style is dictated by the hot humid climate in which we lived before autos and A/C.  My guess is most of these shotguns were built around 1900.

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     “Creole cottages and shotgun houses dominate the scene in many New Orleans neighborhoods. Both have a murky ancestry. The Creole cottage, two rooms wide and two or more rooms deep under a generous pitched roof with a front overhang or gallery, is thought to have evolved from various European and Caribbean forms. The shotgun house is one room wide and two, three or four rooms deep under a continuous gable roof. As legend has it, the name was suggested by the fact that because the rooms and doors line up, one can fire a shotgun through the house without hitting anything. Some scholars have suggested that shotguns evolved from ancient African “long-houses,” built here by refugees from the Haitian Revolution, but no one really knows.”

    “It is true that shotguns represent a distinctively Southern house type. They are also found in the form of plantation quarters houses. Unlike shotgun houses in much of the South, which are fairly plain, New Orleans shotguns fairly bristle with Victorian jigsaw ornament, especially prominent, florid brackets. Indeed, in many ways New Orleans’ shotguns are as much a signature of the city as the French Quarter.” as per the New Orleans Convention Bureau, I could not have said it better but I may show it to you better.

 

 

“NEW ORLEANS DEBUT: The shotgun house, considered an African American architectural form, is thought to have come to this country in the 19th century with free blacks migrating from Haiti to New Orleans. There, the style blended with Louisiana’s African, French and Arawak building traditions, then spread throughout the South, most often as cheap housing for low-income workers.
Researchers think the Haitian shotgun was a mix of West African and West Indian architectural styles. Folklorist and social historian John Michael Vlach says the porch and gable-end door came from native Haitian tradition, and the wood construction was borrowed from French colonists. However, he has traced the basic design to West African slaves, specifically Yoruba tribesmen. Some think the name shotgun comes from the Yoruba word “togun,” meaning “house” or “place of assembly.”

“STYLE CHARACTERISTICS:The design is simple, a row of several rooms with a gable-ended entrance. There is no hall. Most are one-story homes, but many in New Orleans have a camel-back — a second story at the rear of the house. A narrow front porch covered by a roof apron with columns and brackets is common; it often incorporates elaborate Victorian ornamentation. The rooms are relatively large, about 14 feet square, with high ceilings, some molding, ceiling medallions or other decorative woodwork. As shotgun homes evolved, they were dressed up with decorative features borrowed from Greek Revival, Victorian gingerbread and other styles popular at the time. ” Oddly enough found this in a blog from The Oregonian that has a nice explanation.

 

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  1. lana

    You must have really researched this information. Never heard some of those terms before!
    Your pictures are always great and love the picnik idea!
    lana

  2. Randy Prothero

    I truly enjoyed seeing the real estate in the French Quarter. The history and the character is something truly unique.

    Anyone who is looking to purchase or sell a condo in the French Quarter will not find a better agent.

    Thank you for taking the time to show your wonderful community to a couple of out of town agents.

    Aloha from sunny Hawaii.

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