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Shotgun Houses

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1900–1935. 300–314 Wyatt St.

This row of seven whitewashed cottages is a remarkably intact group of shotgun houses from the period around World War I when east Waxahachie developed as a segregated residential and commercial enclave for African Americans. These modest houses were one-room wide by three or more rooms deep, with connecting doors between the rooms. Although isolated examples of this housing type can be found throughout the surrounding neighborhood, this is a notable ensemble due to its preservation as the result of its historical district designation. While of varying lengths, six of the houses are nearly identical, with simple hipped roofs and front porches carved from the volume of the house.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Shotgun Houses", [Waxahachie, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 89-90.

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