The shotgun houses in New Orleans were not named after a weapon or a gun manufacturer. The shotgun house got its name from the idea of navigating through the structure’s narrow rooms and shooting small pellets at a bird through the front door and out the back without touching the wall.
According to the Preservation Resource Centre Headquarters, the name was popular in the late nineteenth century but only made it into the dailies in the early twentieth century. A typical shotgun house has one large room on the ground floor, with a high one-story on top with two or more rooms and its front door facing the road.
The shotgun house’s exterior is notable for being thinner and longer than usual. Because there are no hallways, leaving the shotgun house would necessitate invading the privacy of others.
Owning a shotgun house is not for those who value their privacy in their bedrooms.
For centuries, historians and academics have debated the origins of shotgun houses.