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“stepping back in time into a beautiful mansion!”
Review of Owens-Thomas House

Owens-Thomas House
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$55.00*
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Savannah Trolley and Historic Walking Tour Combo
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$21.25*
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History and Architecture Tour of Savannah
Ranked #12 of 218 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Owens-Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America. Inspired by classical antiquity, this style of architecture takes its name from England’s King George IV, who ruled as Prince Regent from 1811 to 1820.The house was designed by the young English architect William Jay, one of the first professionally-trained architects practicing in the United States. The elegant residence was built from 1816 to 1819 for cotton merchant and banker Richard Richardson and his wife Francis Bolton. Mr. Richardson’s brother-in-law was married to Ann Jay, the architect’s sister. Three years after the house’s completion, Richardson suffered financial losses and sold his house, which later came under possession of the Bank of the United States.
Reviewed September 24, 2012

I enjoyed touring the Owens-Thomas House. The architecture in this house is incredible. Its mindblowing how old everything is and yet looks like I could just move in today! The yellow glass window in the dining room built to mimic candlight was incredible. As well as the bridge on the second floor. Our tourguide, while she spoke fast, was very knowledgeable about the house and did a great job fielding questions. As with most historical houses, you cannot take pictures inside which is a bit of a bummer.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

Seemed slightly rushed through. Slightly stuffy tour. House and amber glass windows were great to see. Furniture that was original to house was amazing. Otherwise I thought $30 for 2 people was a little high.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Our walking tour guide told us that if we were going to visit one home in Savannah...this was it, and we are glad we took his advice. The young architect who designed this home was amazing and certainly ahead of his time with attention to detail and innovative ideas. His design of an indoor plumbing system in the 19th century was amazing.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, but somewhat terse answers to questions from our group seemed to deflate curiosity. By the last part of the tour the questions stopped entirely. We felt like students asking the teacher questions that she felt we should have already known the answers. This took away from the overall experience and is something we never experienced before in the many historic homes and museums we have visited.

Thank Thogrady
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

A great step back in time with an excellent tour. The house has some unique features that make it a stand out, not to mention the beauty of the interior. The dinning room and stairway just take your breath away.

Thank JUDY H
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

My wife and I are big fans of historic properties and architecture. We found this home to be very enjoyable and the tour informative
We enjoyed seeing the many unique features the architect built into this house such as the flying bridge upstairs and the "false" rounded ceiling. The skylight touch in the dining room is remarkable and would be so even to this day if installed in a newer home. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and was able to answer most of our questions including who were some of the people pictured hanging on the walls.
This was the first home built by William Jay in the United States and he used this home as a showcase of technological advances that are quite stunning when you consider when this home was built. Indoor plumbing with showers, baths and indoor toilets were the first of their kind in Savannah and installed even before the White House had theirs.
Although this may not be the most significant or important home you can tour, it is worth the time and admission fee.

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