Tuesday, December 18, 2007

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack....

Living in New Orleans truly is a once in a lifetime experience, just like the talking heads suggested in their song. Last weekend I saw some amazing shotgun houses, and paused to take pictures. Then I hummed "once in a lifetime" as I drove home.

The eves under two shotgun houses. Notice how the porch ceilings are painted light blue? That color is called 'Haunt blue' and deserves a post in and of itself, so I will come back to that at a later date.

A bright yellow double shotgun house in the Bywater area.

This house was just down the street from the yellow house above. It is also a double shotgun, (sometimes called double barreled) meaning that two families lived there.

A more staid Uptown shotgun house. This one is nice because it shows the original entrances for both sides of the shotgun.


Blogger colin said...

Notice that the yellow house has its porch ceiling painted yellow, not haunt blue. An upcoming post will discuss the New Orleans tradition of painting porch ceilings light blue. As this house shows, there are exceptions.

Our house has two porches with ceilings: the main entrance porch, and our office, which used to be a porch, and is now enclosed. Both of those ceilings are painted haunt blue.

December 18, 2007 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Connor said...

These are beautiful... I want to hear more about "haunt blue" though.

December 23, 2007 at 9:38 AM  

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