Shotgun houses, defined as narrow rectangular residences usually no more than 12 feet wide and with doors at each end, were built in many Southern cities as large numbers of former slaves migrated from the country to the cities in search of opportunity. The term "shotgun house" is widely thought to be a reference to the idea that a blast of shotgun pellets could fly straight through all rooms of the house if the doors were open. The plan is thought to have origins in Africa and the Caribbean. This block contains 22 turn-of-the-century shotgun houses, which have been converted to house art exhibitions and studio spaces. The unique, community-based project thus brings together ideals of historic preservation, neighborhood revitalization, and cultural education. Annual events, such as the October art and music festival, offer many opportunities for visitors to enjoy this neighborhood.
Project Row Houses
Exhibition Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.