Shotgun Shack Row

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Shotgun Shack Row

Bas-relief in salvaged wood #64, 236 x 84 x 14 cm.
Private collection, Old Lyme, Connecticut, United States.

A ‘shotgun shack’ is a narrow home, usually no more than 3.5 m wide, with rooms arranged one behind the other, and doors at each end of the house, a design which assists ventilation. Shotgun houses were popular in the Southern United States from the end of the American Civil War until the late 1920s. Its origins were probably Haitian and African, and the style is most commonly associated with New Orleans; but they can be found as far away as Chicago, Key West and California. As a sign of its New Orleans heritage, the house is usually raised two to three feet off the ground.

“Children’s bicycles and Mardi Gras beads remained from a oated away house at Deslonde Street in the Lower Ninth Ward in fog at morning. New Orleans, Louisiana, January 30, 2006”
(photo by Alexey Sergeev:

Part of the Shallow Wade exhibition in 2010 at OkOk gallery, in Seattle, WA, USA.