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“Great tour but you really need a guide”
Review of Owens-Thomas House

Owens-Thomas House
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Savannah Trolley and Historic Walking Tour Combo
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History and Architecture 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Great tour but you really need a guide”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Just going back a hundred years or so and seeing how it was with it being explained to you was fabulous. The tour takes about an hour, it is near the pink house and well worth it

Visited July 2014
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“An architectural marvel”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

The house had indoor plumbing before the White House. The staircase was amazing with inlaid brass to reflect a light. A very young architect from England designed the home as a showcase of his talent. He later designed several important structures in Savannah.

Visited August 2014
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Royal Palm Beach, Florida
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2014

Our guide was well read in the history and excited to be giving the tour and sharing her knowledge!! It is quite an interesting town with a lot of "twists" you don't expect.

Visited August 2014
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Redlands, California
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235 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Good guided tour but not much to see”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

This historic home has been somewhat restored but is a bit disappointing in that there is not that much to see. Yes, there are restored bedrooms and the skeleton of one of the first buildings in Savannah to have indoor plumbing is occasionally visible. This is one of the more important and interesting aspects of this home. There is furniture and furnishings which have been imported to the home and not owned by the original owners. This tour could be improved with a bit more substance.

Visited August 2014
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Very interesting both architecturally and historically”
Reviewed August 7, 2014

This tour was interesting and well done from beginning to end. It starts in the carriage house where slaves lived and they point out the original (as in 1800s) 'haint blue' paint that the slaves painted the rafters to ward of 'haints' (Gullah for evil spirits). Then moving in to the house through the gardens the guide pointed out the indoor plumbing system (tubs, showers and flushing toilets) - the first in a home in the U.S. The house was designed by a young British architect who signed his designs with at least one round interior wall. This one has two curved doors in it.

There are neat innovations in the home like the brass on the stair railing to reflect candle light for safety on the stairs at night.

The history of the family's owners is included.

The guide was very personable and knowledgeable. Our group asked a lot of questions and he answered all of them.

The Marquis de LaFayette slept here in 1826 and gave a speech from the balcony. That's cool.

You must be accompanied by a guide to tour the house so some inside is a bit time limited.

Visited August 2014
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