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“Unique architecture, elegantly restored”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Owens-Thomas House

Owens-Thomas House
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Savannah Trolley and Historic Walking Tour Combo
Ranked #14 of 210 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.
Torrance, California
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“Unique architecture, elegantly restored”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

We were amazed by the modern features of this early 19th century elegant home designed by English architect William Jay. Unique features include an indoor plumbing system that would have been very advanced for the time, a second story bridge that leads from the front rooms of the house to the bedrooms in the back half, and glass Greek key design amber windows that allow indirect lighting in the dining room. Definitely worth a visit!

Visited May 2013
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“enjoyed this!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

WE only went into two homes and this was one of them. It was well worth it if you enjoy the history. This is why we went. So glad we picked this home to go into!

Visited May 2013
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“Interesting tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

This is one of the few house tours that we took in Savannah. It was interesting to hear the history of the house and see what they have done to preserve it. The garden in the back reminds me of one that you would see in England

Visited May 2013
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Lithia, Florida
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“Neat house - great guide!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

We had fun touring this historic home. Our guide was very well informed and friendly. The house was beautiful and the bridge in the house was something I've not seen in the past so that was different. The gardens and grounds around the house are very pretty as well. It was priced a little high but you can't go to Savannah and not see this house so we went in! No photos allowed inside.

Visited May 2013
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Florida, United States
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“The Best Historic Savannah Home Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

The Owens-Thomas House is by far the best historic home tour in Savannah. Getting the Telfair package is the best way to go- $20 per person for access to the home and both museums. As students, we were able to get the whole package for $5 each, a great value! The tour begins in the slave quarters/carriage house, where information about the family is given and attention is drawn to the original 200 year old paint (incredible!). For there, the tour goes through the garden into the main house. Our tour guide was extremely informative, answered all questions thoroughly, and was very friendly. Many pieces were original including a desk with filled with one-of-a-kind books. The architecture of the home was a perfect example of Neoclassical work, exemplified by balance and unity. The tour guide pointed out many doors that did not lead anywhere and were false to give the appearance of balance, along with a dome ceiling that is actually flat. This tour was very educational but gave us more freedom than the other homes in area by allowing us to venture about in the rooms and take our time looking at different items. I do plan on returning to the Owens-Thomas House and highly recommend it.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Sarah B
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