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A “shotgun double” in the Garden District of New Orleans. 

A “shotgun double” in the Garden District of New Orleans. 

Photographer: Bryan Tarnowski/Bloomberg

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Design

In New Orleans, the Shotgun House Goes a Long Way Back

Built to beat the heat, these distinctive elongated homes are a fixture of the Crescent City, and beyond.  

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Finding shotgun houses in New Orleans is easy.