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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
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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 December 9, 2012

This was the one house tour we chose and had a guide that moved us through the house at a pace that allowed plenty of time but did not seem too slow. The history of the slave's quarters and plumbing system provided unique stories.

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Reviewed December 5, 2012

It was what I thought to be one of the best homes to tour. Saw all the floors. The best I thought was the bottom floor that what I felt was untouched. Seeing the cistern, old kitchen was cool. It added to the authenticity of the home and tour. The tour guides were very informative.

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Reviewed December 4, 2012

This splendid residence with its historic past and many innovations was presented by a knowdelgeable, entertaining docent. A delightful, fascinating tour very well done.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We arrived in Savannah and the Owens-Thomas House was our first stop, even before our hotel. Prior to the actual tour you may go through the self guided tour of the urban slave quarters.
The garden is lovely, but the home was the main attraction for us. The English Regency architecture inside and out was so well perserved and the furnishings are magnificant. The history of the architect, home and family are unique and the docent provided an excellent explanation of all and answered numerous questions throughout the 45 minute tour.
Possibly the cistern system, which you are still able to view, may be the most interesting part of the tour.
Special notes - for $20 you can buy a combination ticket that also includes the Jepson Art Center and the Telfair Museum. Your ticket may be used to see all three in a one week period. Also metered parking is free on the week-ends and we had no problem parking right in front of the house on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

The English Regency architecture is well preserved in this home. You also get to tour the gardens and urban slave quarters. Also a must see. The tour guides are a wealth of information.

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