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“My fav historical home tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Andrew Low House

Andrew Low House
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Savannah Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
Ranked #33 of 210 things to do in Savannah
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Andrew Low commissioned New York architect John Norris to design and construct his house in 1848. Norris came to Savannah to design the Custom House on Bay Street and remained in Savannah to build many desirable residences with the latest in technology and luxury. The Italianate exterior features intricate cast iron railings and side balconies contrasting with the smooth stuccoed brick walls. The well proportioned rooms are decorated with elaborate plaster cornices and carved woodwork. The delicate balance of exterior restraint and opulent interior resulted in an elegant villa for the family.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“My fav historical home tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

Of the 7 homes we toured, this was tops. Everything inside and out had been well taken care of and the tour guide was excellent. I was not interested in seeing the companion properties that come with the 3 house ticket, but I was interested in seeing them after I finished the tour. Buy the 3 home ticket for $18 and see 3 for the price of the Owens- Thomas home tour.

Visited April 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,753 helpful votes
“Museum magic near Girl Scout First Headquarters”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013

This phenomenal example of Neoclassical Italian Villa style architecture features 13-foot ceilings, and has one of the three original Savannah gardens, the bedding plan maintained for 160 years. Given the museum-quality original furnishings, artwork, silver, jewelry and small items, roped-off rooms allow only a view of exquisite maintenance. Never renovated, but damaged in the 1886 earthquake that devastated Charleston, the house retains original intricate plaster corniced ceilings and chandelier medallions. Custom-made 1805 French porcelain and Bohemian glass adorn the opulent mahogany dining table constructed in 1848 that expands to accommodate 24 guests. Surprisingly, stored rain supplied flushable toilets and the mahogany-encased 7-foot copper tub, big enough for Shaquille O’Neal. Piazzas (balconies) surround the entire mansion, to shade windows and allow occupants to enjoy a view of magnificent gardens. Robert E. Lee slept around quite a bit☺, and has a bedroom named for him.

Andrew Low came to Savannah from Scotland in 1821. After the death of his first wife, he married Juliette Gordon, the deaf artist/entrepreneur who founded Girl Scouts in 1912, a month before Titanic’s fatal voyage. At 329 Abercorn Street (AndrewLowHouse.com, 912/233-6854) ALH is open 7 days until 4:00, closed holidays and first two weeks in January. The modest $8/adult fee is justified by limited access to magnificently furnished rooms and brief half-hour tour, the only thing that prevented a 5-star or 'excellent' rating. There’s no additional charge for enjoying the gardens. The museum gift shop has replicas available for purchase. While here, visit Girl Scout First Headquarters and Museum next door, at 330 Drayton Street and East Macon, not yet identified by TripAdvisor. :-(

Visited March 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Fantastic Guide!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

Visit this house, even if you are not interested in the history of Girl Scouts. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, both about the house and the rest of Savannah. The home is beautiful and has lovely furnishings.

Visited March 2013
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“House is better than tour...too short.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2013

I was not overly impressed with the tour. The house itself was interesting, but I wish they made smaller groups with the tour to make it more personable. The larger group size made it hard to hear when our guide was in one room and we were in the other due to the size of the group. It brought the quality of the tour down loosing interest.

The history of the house was neat since its connected to Juliette Gordon Low, who started the Girl Scouts of America. I prefer the Owens-Thomas house due to more engaging tour guide, more interaction with the group (because the size was smaller), and the house itself was more to see. You did not see the basement to this house, only the first and second floor.

The one positive thing to the house was the history of Robert E Lee to the family. He was the godfather of the Low children and made frequent visits to the Andrew Low home. There is a bedroom dedicated to him since he frequently slept there when visiting.

Visited March 2013
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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Another great John Norris home...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2013

I can't say enough about this home, another great John Norris design, very impressive home, collection and guides!!! Robert E. Lee stayed in this home, that should tell you just how historic this home is...it is a must see in Savannah. Please make sure you tip your guides, it takes a tremendous amount of self study and energy to present a house tour and they have earned something extra from me!!!

Visited March 2013
Thank phinal99
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