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“Interesting on several counts”
Review of Owens-Thomas House

Owens-Thomas House
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US$21.25*
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History and Architecture Tour of Savannah
Ranked #12 of 221 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 21 November 2013 via mobile

We only had time for one mansion tour, and picked this one for family connection reasons. We were quiet pleased with our knowledgeable and friendly guide. The fact that the house restoration is a work in progress actually adds a lot to the enjoyment, as construction and design details are more accessible. I felt just a bit rushed, and was glad to be there during a relatively slow time, only sharing our guide with two other couples.

Thank Hollyrik
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

An exceptional mansion from the early 1800s -- the architecture and furnishings are beautiful and the tour guide fills in with the history of the family. Seeing the slave quarters reminds us of the darker side to all that beauty and upper class living.

Thank mrh16
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

We didn't know what to expect when we got there. The first house in the US to have indoor plumbing! You get to see inside the walls as well. This is well worth the time it takes.

Thank Larry W
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

Great stop in the Historic District for an excellent value. If you like to learn the history of the city that you are visiting, then definitely make this a stop along your travels :)

Thank Krun F
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Well worth the admission price of $15. Is part of the Telfair Museum. For $20 could have toured the house and 2 other museums. We didn't have time. Very professional and knowledgable tour guide. Local lady who knew much of Savannah's history and people, some personally. The house was beautifully furnished. A true treasure. The garden was also lovely. A gift shop and restrooms were also on the grounds. Located on the tour bus stop, making it easy to get to.

Thank Beverly L
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