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NEWS via Times-Picayune: Shotgun geography: the history behind the famous New Orleans elongated house

February 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Shotgun geography: the history behind the famous New Orleans elongated house Few elements of the New Orleans cityscape speak to the intersection of architecture, sociology and geography so well as the shotgun house. Once scorned, now cherished, shotguns shed light on patterns of cultural diffusion, class and residential settlement, social preferences and construction methods. Photo by Doug Parker/ The Times-Picayune archive NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Few elements of the New Orleans cityscape speak to the intersection of architecture, sociology and geography so well as the shotgun house. Once scorned, now cherished, shotguns shed light on patterns of cultural diffusion, class and residential settlement, social preferences and construction methods.   The shotgun house is not an architectural style; rather, it is a structural typology — what folklorist John Michael Vlach described as “a philosophy of space, a culturally determined sense of dimension.” A [...]
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