Shotgun Houses in the U.S.
A shotgun house is a narrow rectangular residence, usually no more than about 12Â feet (3.5Â m) wide, with rooms arranged one behind the other and doors at each end of the house. It was the most popular style of house in the Southern United States from the end of the American Civil WarÂ (1861â€“65) through the 1920s, and may have originated in Haiti.
There are many large neighborhoods in older American cities of the south which still contain a high concentration ofÂ shotgun houses today, including the Third Ward in Houston, Texas; Bywater in New Orleans, Louisiana; The Hill in St.Â Louis, Missouri; Portland, Butchertown, and Germantown in Louisville, Kentucky; and Cabbagetown in Atlanta,Â Georgia.
Click the statesÂ belowÂ to exploreÂ shotgun houses across the United States:
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