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Stop #12 - Seven Sisters

2329 Coliseum St Garden District

This row of shotgun houses got its name from a story that a man built one for each of his seven daughters as wedding gifts. In reality, there are eight houses, and the story has no truth. However, this style of "shotgun" house is very typical and unique to New Orleans. The term shotgun house comes from the long, narrow shape of the houses, which take up little lot space, while still allowing for square footage. They often contain a long hall from the front to the back, or an open floor plan, giving rise to the thought that you could shoot a shotgun from the front door and it would go out the back without hitting anything. Most modern shotgun houses have better layouts with more rooms, so few original floorplan shotgun houses still remain.