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Davenport House Museum
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Owner description: Federal-style home of master builder Isaiah Davenport restored to its early 19th century beauty. Owned and operated by Historic Savannah Foundation.
Reviewed 7 January 2007

The house was just ok, and the tour guide Dotty was rude. It was only $8 a person to get in and did show some history, but there are much better houses- Owens-Thomas and Mercer!

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Reviewed 17 October 2004

We have had the opportunity to see many wonderful old houses. This one seems to have a curator who is color blind or perhaps using controlled substances. While there may be some historical significance here, it is vastly overshadowed by how ugly this place is. Go to the Owen-Thomas house for a much more pleasing restoration. The garden is nice though.

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twirler78, Museum Director at Davenport House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2010

Between the years 2000-2003 the Davenport House Museum underwent an extensive restoration to make it more accurate to the period the house was built - during the lifetime of master builder Isaiah Davenport (1820-27). Our scholars tell us to take our personal opinion out of the choices for wall colors and wallpaper and to let history and the historical evidence be our guide. Our job is to tell the story of how the family and household lived in the house using historical evidence. We hired the best scholars (including Page Talbott) and restoration professionals (including Frank Welsh) to do the work on the Davenport House and were rewarded with a Preserve America Presidential Award in 2005. One of the most noted interior painters created our floor cloth (Bob Christian). The faux graining was created by looking at what was on the wood first. Malcolm Robeson, who has done graining at the White House, did our faux graining - using historical evidence. The so-called ill-fitting shutters actually do work and fit the house which is actually one foot shorter on the west side than the east. The character, exterior finishes and interior interpretation are period accurate and we hope that visitors can enjoy them and learn from them. The Davenport House was the catalyst for the formation of Historic Savannah Foundation and is its only museum property. Foundation personnel worked closely with consultants on the restoration.

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Reviewed 13 May 2003

I really enjoyed the Davenport House Museum. It was beautifully restored and nicely furnished to represent how it would have been lived in by its builder and first owner. The guide included many facts about Davenport and about the many changes the house has been through over its years. At one point up to twelve families lived there when it was a tenement house. To look at it today, one can only be awed that it survived and many of its architectural details also survived. The basement area, where the kitchens would have been, is offices and a gift shop. They are hoping to restore the kitchens and move the offices and shop to another building. This would add to what is already a lovely and lovingly presented historic home. A definite must see!

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