Creole Shotgun cottage in Baton Rouge, Louisiana sits in the Beauregard Town Historic District. The description states the first record of the house is from an insurance map dated 1892 and that this Creole shotgun cottage has Greek Revival elements. I call it a charming little piece of historical house heaven.
Loaded with originals galore like heart-pine floors, 1800’s hand-turned interior cypress columns, wainscoting, cypress sills, and 19th century bath tub to list a few. Someone has loved it back to life as the shotgun cottage underwent restoration in 1998.
Shotgun houses are mainly in the south, but I read this style stretches up into the Chicagoland. Fun facts about shotgun houses is John Mellencamp’s song Pink Houses was inspired by a little pink shotgun house he saw in Indiana. Bruce Springsteen sang about them in We Take Care of Our Own from the shotgun shack to the Super Dome.
Let’s look at this little blue shotgun shack.
It’s kind of funny that shotgun cottages are rumored to be so named because you could aim a shotgun at the entrance and shoot straight through to the rear exit, doors open of course. Shotguns have no hallways, but have three to five rooms stacked one behind the other.
The countertops are stainless steel and looks like the open shelving was created simply by taking off the cabinet doors. I love the back door and heart pine flooring that runs straight to the front door and throughout the cottage.
Get this, the lower window sashes were made from a demolished courthouse in Arkansas. They provide distinctive design while giving privacy without window dressings and let a lot of light into the home.
Goodbye Baton Rouge I hate to leave you. Are you thinking about this Creole Shotgun cottage? It’s for sale with Century 21 and can be all yours to love for $199,700.
Here’s a pretty double shotgun cottage in New Orleans which means they are joined by a common wall. If you’re from the south, all this shotgun cottage talk is probably common knowledge to you, I’m from the north and it’s all creole to me.
Take a look at this 1840 French Quarter cottage in New Orleans too.
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