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“Advances in Technology for the times very interesting”
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 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.
Buford, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
238 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Advances in Technology for the times very interesting”
Reviewed 24 September 2011

My wife really wanted to see this home based on the reviews here in Trip Advisor and I have to say, I was quite intrigued and pleasantly surprised by the incredible technological advances in the home.

First off, if you are going to be in Savannah for a few days or you want to tour multiple sites like this home and the Telfair Art Museum, ask for a multi-site pass. This is a better deal than purchasing admission per site. They actually didn't tell us this when we bought the tickets, we found out later at the Telfair Museum.

This was the first home built by William Jay in the United States and he used this home as a showcase of technological advances that are quite stunning when you consider when this home was built. Indoor plumbing with showers, baths and indoor toilets were the first of their kind in Savannah. The tour has done a nice job cutting away some of the foundation down below so you can clearly see how the large 5,000 gallon cistern in the basement works. To the right is a kitchen that housed a coal fired range, much safer than wood fireplaces. The huge shower / bath area is exposed on the left side.

Interior, the skylight touch in the dining room is absolutely, incredibly stunning even to this day. I've never seen anything like it. The indoor bridge upstairs is quite unique as well, affording more headroom for the staircase below.

This is a beautiful home that's definitely worth checking out and for those of you who like to see "how things work" this is a neat showcase of technology that paved the way for all the conveniences we have in our lives today.

Visited September 2011
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Roselle, New Jersey
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“Worth it!”
Reviewed 24 September 2011

Great house tour. I went on several and this was memorable. Tour guides were very knowledgeable and helpful.

Visited September 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great tour and great guide with Colin”
Reviewed 17 September 2011

We enjoyed our visit and especially benefitted it would seem by having Colin as our guide. He was charming, easy to understand, and also fielded our questions easily. The house is pretty remarkable given the time period it was built. I would recommend this tour to those coming to Savannah for sure. The package that allows you to see the telfair and Jepson for $5 more dollars is worth it. Also, appreciated the tip from Colin to eat at Social on Tybee Island. It was also excellent.

Visited September 2011
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Atlanta, GA
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“house cool - tour guide not so much”
Reviewed 30 August 2011

The house was cool and worth the tour but I think our tour guide had maybe been there for too long. She was not very nice and got mad at us when she kept pointing somewhere and we didn't know automatically that meant she wanted us to move there. I honestly felt like saying "use your words!". HA. Also seemed to get really mad when we asked questions although she told us too! the house did have some cool features so I wouldn't skip it but if your tour guide looks mean maybe buy a ticket for the next one!
Gift shop was nice - wide assotrment and well priced.

Visited August 2011
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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good house tour”
Reviewed 21 August 2011

We were told by a few people that this was the house to tour if we were only going to tour one house. The house contained a large number of items original to the families who lied there and our guide was very knowledgeable.

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