The Shotgun Shack & The American Foursquare

The Shotgun Shack

A “shotgun house” is a narrow rectangular domestic residence, usually no more than about 12 feet (3.5 m) wide, with rooms arranged one behind the other and doors at each end of the house. It was the most popular style of house in the Southern United States from the end of the American Civil War (1861–65) through the 1920s. Alternate names include “shotgun shack”, “shotgun hut”, “shotgun cottage”, and in the case of a multihome dwelling, “shotgun apartment”. (link)

The American Foursquare

The hallmarks of the style include a basically square, boxy design, two-and-one-half stories high, usually with four large, boxy rooms to a floor, a center dormer, and a large front porch with wide stairs. The boxy shape provides a maximum amount of interior room space, to use a small city lot to best advantage. Other common features included a hipped roof, arched entries between common rooms, built-in cabinetry, and Craftsman-style woodwork. (link)

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Walter Reed Middle School: Architectural Elements Source List

We tend to take for granted the things we see all the time. Consider the buildings that make up our school. Coming and going, Monday through Friday, day in and day out, it would be easy to forget that Walter Reed Middle School is actually an impressive example of architecture from a time when society invested in public infrastructure with much more enthusiasm and consideration than happens today. As we approach the 80th anniversary of this school (1939-2019) it  would be wise to take a closer look at what makes Walter Reed special. In a previous post, we learned about the well known architect that designed this school; in this post, we will take a closer look at the architectural style of Walter Reed and the elements and principles that make up that style.

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Walter Reed Middle School: An Architectural History

Stop and think about this for a moment: Walter Reed will celebrate 80 years of serving this community in 2019. Opened in 1939 as North Hollywood Junior High School, the name was changed to Walter Reed Junior High School in 1957, and later became designated a middle school in the late 1990s.  As we approach this important milestone it might do us some good to investigate and learn a little more about our school.

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American Residential Architectural Style Guide

If you’re looking for reference material for residential architectural styles you’ve come to the right place. Anything I find relating to this topic I’ll dump here. At one point or another I might try to come back and put things in some semblance of order, but for now have at it. Also: let me know if you find anything especially useful that you think might be a good fit for this post.

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