shotgun house


Definition of shotgun house

: a house in which all the rooms are in direct line with each other usually front to back

called also shotgun cottage, shotgun shack

— compare railroad flat

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From artwork and china to unique collections, Hoksch's 120-year-old shotgun house in Algiers Point boasts a lively personality. Kadee Krieger,, "Shotgun House Tour opens the doors to eclectic beauties in Algiers Point," 9 May 2018 Fleurty Girl started small in November 2009, in a shotgun house on Oak Street that Hurricane Katrina had pummeled. Contributing Writer,, "The woman who built a cotton-knit empire on New Orleans pride," 29 Apr. 2018 Modest 19th-century shotgun houses and Creole cottages dominated, with larger ones mixed in throughout. Anne Gisleson, Curbed, "Bywater faces its future," 23 May 2018 This was followed by the awarding of a proclamation to R&B singer Deacon John, who talked about his 60 years on the New Orleans music scene and growing up downtown in half of a shotgun house with his parents and 11 siblings (talk about density). Anne Gisleson, Curbed, "Bywater faces its future," 23 May 2018 The wife came into my Magazine Street store [Rivers Spencer Interiors], a double-shotgun house with 11 rooms. Kathleen Renda, House Beautiful, "This Designer Puts a Modern Spin on Classic New Orleans Interior," 18 Jan. 2018 Inner Loop Project Row Houses Historical preservation meets art and community at Third Ward shotgun houses, which provide studio and gallery space for artists. Ana Khan, Houston Chronicle, "Local museums entertain, educate," 9 May 2018 After the war, Fred bought a shotgun house in the Down the Bay community of Mobile. Michelle Matthews,, "Alabama couple shares secrets of their 75-year marriage," 18 Apr. 2018 The imagery depicts the bayou, po-boys, shotgun houses, riverboats, brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians, the Superdome and more. Kendra Parks,, "Tricentennial keepsakes: Celebrate New Orleans' birthday with these 8 gifts," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of shotgun house

1903, in the meaning defined above

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