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I found several shotgun houses in Leary. I’ve always liked them and find them increasingly difficult to locate in authentic condition. The tiny house and sustainable architecture movements have been responsible for new versions popping up all over the place, but the originals have a character all their own.
Even with such a simple style there’s variation and that’s what I like about the Leary examples.
I first thought this to be a commissary but Hugh Harris West writes that this was not a commercial structure. It was a shotgun cotton mill house and I knew the families who lived there in the ’40’s and ’50’s. There was an identical house to the right of this. I do not know what is stored, if anything, in this structure now. The exterior window treatments were changed when it ceased to be a dwelling.
This house is being deconstructed. Below is a view from seven years ago. For years, it’s been a landmark in my travels around home. Rubye Walker Laminack writes: This was a tenant house on my Daddy, Marcus Walker’s, property. It has been completely destroyed.
She adds: Most of the interior wood of the Walker shotgun house has been used to add on to an exterior building on the Walker home place, which was sold in 2015.
The wood from the blue room was used, just as it was, to make a blue wall in the exterior building and is simply beautiful. Most of the reclaimed wood from the house was used before it was demolished.