317 Orchard Street

Built in the late 1800’s, this house is one of five in Shotgun Row, so named because it was said that if you stood at the front door and shot a bullet into the house, it would travel all the way through and out the back door. By 2014, all but one of these houses were in such poor shape that they were uninhabitable, but because of their historic designation, they could not be torn down. The Center for Great Neighborhoods renovated them to form an artists’ community, with studio space in front and a one-bedroom living area in back.

The home on our tour is owned by an Emmy award-winning lighting director/designer and an enamellist and jewelry artist. They have created a calm, peaceful place in which to live and work. The chickens you will see across the street are part of the neighborhood’s urban farm.