Designed by William Jay, the Owens-Thomas House is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America. Built in 1816–19, the house was constructed with local materials. Of particular note are the curving walls of the house, Greek-inspired ornamental molding, half-moon arches, stained-glass panels, original Duncan Phyfe furniture, and the hardwood "bridge" on the second floor. The carriage house includes a gift shop and rare
urban slave quarters, which have retained the original furnishings and "haint-blue" paint made by the slave occupants. This house had indoor toilets before the White House or Versailles. If you have time for just a single house museum, let this be one. Owned and administered by the Telfair Museum of Art, this home gives an inside perspective on Savannah's history.
124 Abercorn St., Savannah, Georgia, 31401, United States
Mar 31, 2009
With the Green-Meldrim, this is one of the two best historic houses to visit in Savannah. Very informative tour of generous length. Beautifully detailed home both in its interior and exterior, plus much fine furnishings and personal items. Also has a small garden and a few out-buildings. A must.
May 10, 2005
Don't expect a gleaming cheerful place, but the furniture is almost all original and while under renovation, most rooms are fascinating. Great gift shop and combination tickets to this house and the Telfair Museum are only $12.00.