Be It Ever So Humble: The Southern Shotgun House

synkroniciti

Houston, TX Fifth Ward Houston, TX
Fifth Ward
Public Domain Image by NARA

Society has a tendency to write off working class neighborhoods as lacking in creativity and artistry. Are we missing something?

Vernacular architecture is that which uses local construction materials to create structures that fulfill local needs and reflect local traditions, rather than shipping in materials and designs to create something more cosmopolitan. There is often beauty and satisfying frugality in even the simplest of these forms and it seems a shame that globalization should obliterate them. On the other hand, interesting things can happen when traditions merge and are shared–think of Moorish influences in Spain.

Shotgun House, New Orleans, LA, USA after Hurricane Katrina  © Infrogmation with CCLicense Shotgun House, New Orleans, LA, after Hurricane Katrina
© Infrogmation with CCLicense

“You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack”

Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime

Shotgun house floor plan  © Susan Murray with CCLicense Shotgun house floor plan
© Susan Murray with CCLicense

The shotgun house was the most popular type of house…

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