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Shotgun Houses

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c. 1890. 2901–1915 Camp St.
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)

This row of camelback double-shotgun houses exhibits exceptionally bold detailing. The overhanging roofs at the fronts of the wood-frame buildings are supported on elaborately ornamented prefabricated brackets that could be purchased from a catalogue. French windows with shutters open onto small porches, and small gardens in front are enclosed by low iron fences. Many of the uptown streets in New Orleans have similar rows of shotgun houses that display all manner of decorative details, from fancy gallery railings to elaborate window surrounds, brackets, spindles, and arches. Other impressive rows of camelback doubles can be seen nearby on the 1200 blocks of both Eighth and Harmony streets.

Writing Credits

Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas


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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Shotgun Houses", [New Orleans, Louisiana], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

buildings of new orleans book

Buildings of New Orleans, Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 178-179.

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