When I was a tourist I’d spend many hours gazing and oogling over the gorgeous mansions and manors. When I moved here I’d take pictures of the homes, and imagined what life inside them must have been like. I confess, they are one of my author motivations.
Countless books have been written about the unique architecture and historical explanations for our buildings. So there’s really no point in my explicative. Although here are some fun facts about why our neighborhoods and home look they way they do.
When the French divvied up their new found land they partitioned the lots so everyone had access to the Mississippi River. In other words, all the real estate was very narrow, but very long. Which made sense, as the river was the only “road” for good and services to travel — the rest of it was largely swamp. So, when you needed to build a home, it only made sense they, too, would be long and narrow. It’s believed the name “shotgun home” came from the idea that, if you opened all the doors in the building, you could fire a shotgun right through the place without hitting anything. But no one knows for sure.
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Should you find yourself walking the broken sidewalks of New Orleans, looking wide-eyes at the homes here, you too will make up your own stories. The histories, the hauntings… the house divided.
We have them all.