shotgun house

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shotgun house

(chiefly Southern United States slang) A one-story house in which each room is in a straight alignment with the others, connected by a continuous hallway running from the front to the back of the residence. When our whole family goes to stay in my grandmother's shotgun house in New Orleans, it always feels like we're all right on top of one another.
See also: house, shotgun
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But what of the big remainder of the city up to Lake Pontchartrain, much of it shotgun houses and public housing complexes?
As a child, the artist knew shack families; she drew in the dirt with sticks; shotgun houses are found in the South; the Oconee River flows through Athens, Georgia, where the artist now lives; she believes "the spirit" of people is part of architectural structures.
Many of Buchanan's shacks take the form of the shotgun house, which can be found throughout the South and has its architectural roots in Central Africa and Haiti.
the house, brick & modern, is an oddity - sits prominently among shotgun houses, cows, chickens, fish ponds, bait shops & trailer homes
The subject matter of Tape 1 includes an essay about the African heritage, the decorative arts of early (and current) African Americans, shotgun houses, and ironwork.