The New Orleans Creole cottage is distinctly characterized by its gabled roof that runs parallel to the street. The style developed in New Orleans during the early 19th century to accommodate the humid, subtropical climate of the South and represents the fusion of French, Spanish, and Caribbean architectural influences. The simplistic, one and a half story Creole cottage is most prevalent in the French Quarter. Typically, the house sits close to the property line, often at street level, and commonly features French doors, vertical-board shutters that cover large windows and a central chimney. They can be found in an array of bright and pastel color combinations that lend to the vibrancy and unique flare of the French Quarter. Original variations of the Creole cottage include the single, double, side hall, and center hall, though creative renovations have adapted these historical New Orleanian structures for modern living.