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Review of Owens-Thomas House

Owens-Thomas House
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US$55.00*
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Savannah Trolley and Historic Walking Tour Combo
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US$21.25*
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History and Architecture Tour of Savannah
Ranked #12 of 220 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.
Reviewed 9 December 2013

Just looking at the first home in America with full plumbing would be worth it alone. But there is far more. The rounded doors, the false doors to nowhere, the beautiful furnishings and the guide. This is an amazing place. Well worth the visit. If you pick only one home to tour, make it this one!

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Reviewed 8 December 2013

Furnishings, internal mechanisms of the house, an interesting history, and a good guide, this house had it all for us. An excellent example of symmetrical Regency architecture, rooms are decorated to reflect various periods in the 19th century. Amenities range from rainwater cisterns high in the house to wastewater channels in the basement and a 19th century bell system to summon the servants. The house has seen birth, death, and bankruptcies, slavery and freed employees. Our guide was familiar with all of this and was able to answer all of our questions, in addition to giving an entertaining tour.

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Reviewed 6 December 2013

We enjoyed this house the most of the 4 that we visited. The guided tour was excellent and knew her stuff. The house is brilliant and to see the early plumbing system that relied on rainwater was a revelation. Well worth the visit

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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Some much interesting history in this old home! Furnishing are authentic or replicas which stays true to the design on the home. Our tour guide was well versed on the home and able to answer questions. A wonderful story goes along with this home and I would recommend checking it out if you're into history!

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

This house was an amazing showpiece for the architect William Jay. The round rooms, breathtaking central stair case, and the bridge (that's right a bridge) upstairs, were truly unique features that clearly were intended to impress future clients of this young architect.

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