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“Super cool”

Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters
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$20.00*
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Jepson Center and Telfair Museums Admission
Ranked #17 of 166 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 December 8, 2014 via mobile

On our girls trip we wanted to squeeze in a little history between shopping and bar-hopping and this place was super cool. The garden was beautiful and the house was extraordinary. The museum did a good job keeping the rooms in tact and preserving the original finishes and materials. It was $15 per person and lasted about an hour. Learned a lot and was excited to see the inside of one of Savannah's oldest homes.

Thank KaeSchmidt
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Three different tour guides said this house was their favorite, so we chose this one to tour the inside of. The tour guide was enthusiastic and informative. The interior of the house was disappointing. Maybe for its time, it was very grand, but not nearly as grand as other homes from that time period that we have toured. The faux wood and faux marble was disappointing. The interior plumbing system was amazing. The tour was short, the house was small, and not worth the $15 per person admission.

Thank Fris
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

Well worth a visit. very old. took a tour . guide was very good, explained all the historic aspects of the house and garden

Thank Robert M
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Reviewed December 3, 2014

We had a wonderful tour where we felt unrushed. Our guide was knowledgable and interesting. He fielded questions with ease and gave the small group plenty of time to see three floors of the house. No pictures are allowed inside the house, but are allowed in the garden.

Thank SarahHockeyFan
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Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you are used to touring European stately homes, this is a little on the disappointing side. However, the tour guide was excellent and she provided us with some interesting details about each of the rooms. I think everyone knows by now that this house had plumbing even before the White House. I was fascinated by the idea of the faux marble and all the realistic faux effects achieved with wood carvings and painting on wood. Tastes have really changed over generations and it is interesting to see that what passed for high fashion then could be seen as tacky today. Worth a visit.

Thank rpillai494
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