Why host a tour devoted to the humble shotgun house in a city stuffed with elegant Creole townhouses, expansive centerhalls, grand Queen Anne mansions and commanding double gallery homes?
After all, shotgun houses can be found in nearly every old neighborhood in New Orleans.
According to the Preservation Resource Center, that’s the point.
“New Orleans didn’t invent the shotgun house — they can be found in other cities,” said Danielle Del Sol, editor of the PRC’s Preservation in Print.
“It’s that we have managed to retain a remarkable number of them in styles that range from Greek revival to craftsman and everything in between. They catalog the development of the city and serve as our architectural common denominator.”
Saturday and Sunday, the Shotgun House Tour offers the chance to go inside seven private homes in the Faubourg St. John neighborhood to discover how diverse the lifestyles of shotgun house residents can be.
The tour begins at 10 a.m. both days and continues until 4 p.m. A visit to Santa Fe restaurant at 3201 Esplanade Ave. nets tourgoers the opportunity to buy tickets, pick up a map and get tips on where to go first on the self-guided tour.
If you go for mid-century modern style and dig an open floor plan, the tour offers something for you.
If you prefer the exuberance of a late 19th-century Eastlake house, there’s a house for you. A fan of early 20th-century Neoclassical revival styles? Yep, you’ll find that — and a lot more.
“What we want is for people to come away with a real sense of just how versatile shotgun hoses can be,” Del Sol said.
PRC Shotgun House Tour
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Faubourg St. John
Headquarters at Santa Fe restaurant
3201 Esplanade Ave.
Contact: (504) 581-9032, prcno.org