In the accompaning photo, you can see the most common house style in New Orleans - the Shotgun house. The name supposedly comes from the ability to shoot a gun through the front door opening and have the bullet go completely through the length of the house, and out the open back door without hitting anything. This style arose because the property tax was based upon the size of the front face of the house, resulting in long narrow one story houses. Where a second story is present, it is on the back of the house where it wouldn't be taxed.
Vice President for Administration and Enrollment, Valerie Nixon, who came down to volunteer with us.