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Preservation Resource Center to hold Shotgun House Tour this Saturday

Over 9 properties will be open for tours

The Preservation Resource Center will hold its Shotgun House Tour in Algiers Point on Saturday May 12.
All photos courtesy of Preservation Resource Center/Charles E. Leche

If you’re a fan of shotgun homes in New Orleans, you might want to visit Algiers Point this weekend. The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans will hosts its Shotgun House Tour 2018 in Algiers Point on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s tours will feature six shotguns throughout the Point. There will also be three bonus buildings open for tour, including the Faubourg Fresh Market, Algiers Point’s new corner grocery store; Mt. Olivet Episcopal Church, which was built in 1854; and Patterson Point, a custom home development with 44 lots.

Here’s a glimpse of Saturday’s tour.

232 Pelican Avenue

This 19th-century shotgun has gleaming wood floors, its original wood doors, built-in bookshelves, and an updated kitchen. Its library has a towering bookcase and a handmade stained-glass transom. The owners of this home are travel enthusiasts, and have decorated their home with art and keepsakes they’ve collected along their journeys.

910 Opelousas Street

Owned by an ambitious trumpet player, this shotgun home has an airy covered porch. Its large living room has soaring ceilings, crown molding, and a framed pressed vintage dress. Its kitchen, which was converted from a bedroom, has a concrete wall with a faux copper and metallic finish. The owner bought this home with the intentions to flip it when she moved from Florida to New Orleans at the age of 50, but she fell in love with the shotgun’s essence.

Faubourg Fresh Market

One of the bonus sites on this tour is a sneak peek into a specialty grocery store that’s expected to open on June 1st. Operated by Mother-and-son team Kelly and Nick Guerra, the commercial building, built circa 1920, has an Art Deco facade. Being the only grocery store in Algiers Point, Faubourg Fresh Market will fill the void that Algiers Point Grocery Store left when it closed in 2016. Beside major electrical and plumbing work, the building hasn’t undergone any major renovations, but the duo is refinishing the original terrazzo floors.

Pre-sale tickets for Saturday’s tour are $25 each ($20 for members), and can be bought online at the Preservation Resource Center’s official website. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the tour for $30 at the PRC’s tour headquarters at 225 Morgan Street.