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Owens-Thomas House

124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
+1 912-233-9743
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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.
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  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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“indoor plumbing” (165 reviews)
“slave quarters” (178 reviews)
“telfair museum” (71 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401-3732
Downtown
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+1 912-233-9743
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

The admission fee is $20 but also includes admission to one or two other places (not homes, but art galleries, etc). I wish I could remember the name of our tour guide, he was fantastic and very energetic and connected with visitors very well. We...More

Thank Ari W
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Thanks for visiting, and we'll let our guides know you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 22 October 2016

First house in United States to have indoor plumbing - 15 years before the White House! Architect William Jay had a very particular symmetrical style. There is also another house on the property where slaves lived which shows the "haint" blue paint on the ceiling...More

Thank stuffmosley
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

We're glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 18 October 2016

Cant photo inside but I wish you could see the stair case and ways to get to different parts of the house and the dining room. At was a must see for me. and I would go again.

Thank Dungles
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Thanks for visiting!

Reviewed 12 October 2016

Our tour guide was very knowledgable and provided great insight for each room we visited. It was fascinating to learn about how they developed early indoor plumbing as well as the mistreatment of slaves (poor living conditions, tight sleeping quarters, very long hours). These homes...More

Thank LookingForBigfoot
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Thanks for being our guest, and we're glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 10 October 2016

Wonderful example of English Regency architectural style (c. 1816). The guided tour gave a good overview of the home's history, from its first occupant through its being bequeathed to the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences. I quite enjoyed seeing the numerous rooms, furnishings, etc....More

Thank backpacker31
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Thanks for making us part of your Savannah visit!

Reviewed 7 October 2016

Fascinating architecture for its time with the first in-door plumbing created by a rain collection system on the roof and cisterns throughout the home for water usage. Guided tours are informative, but not inexpensive at $20.

Thank Frisco M
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Thanks for being our guest, and for taking the time to offer your feedback!

Reviewed 4 October 2016

The home is beautiful and well preserved. The price of the tour was a little high for the length of it. Also, our tour guide was boring.

Thank Joan O
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Thanks for taking the time to offer your feedback. Please know that we consider all comments from our guests.

Reviewed 4 October 2016

A great place to visit, you get a guided tour, lots of history, furniture etc and a nice courtyard garden at the rear.

Thank molliescotland
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Thanks for visiting!

Reviewed 3 October 2016

This house is really gorgeous. It was furnished with pieces from the time period and we were able to tour the bedrooms, basement, kitchen, and dining rooms in the home as well as the exterior slave quarters. The staircase and interior bridge of the home...More

Thank Kristan S
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Thanks for making us a part of your Savannah visit, and we'll let our guides know you enjoyed the tour!

Reviewed 30 September 2016

William Jay designed English Regency Mansion has original urban slave quarters with original furniture , curved walls, a second floor hardwood bridge, the first indoor toilets before even the White House, Duncan Fyfe furniture. Owned by Telfair Museum of Art.

Thank gigirl_131
Mary T, Manager at Owens-Thomas House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2016

Thanks for visiting!

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papopipo2000
19 December 2016|
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Response from Carol210 | Reviewed this property |
That's the only way you can tour the house is with the tour guide and is part of the admission price. It seem the tours run about every 15-20 min.
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papopipo2000
18 December 2016|
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Response from Mary T | Property representative |
Hello! Telfair Museums admission includes all three sites, including the Owens-Thomas House. While there is no option to purchase admission for just a single site, please note that kids 12 and under get in free, and students... More
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kmoney4
20 May 2016|
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Response from KMB1117 | Reviewed this property |
We went to all 3. The Owens-Thomas House was our favorite. We spent the most time there. The Owens-Thomas House has guided tours at set times. The other 2 are self-guided. The Telfair Academy has 19th and 20th century... More
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