The Owens Thomas house was designed by William Jay in the English Regency style and built between 1816-1819. It was originally built for cotton merchant and banker Richard Richardson. Unfortunately, he suffered financial losses and sold his house. It became a lodging house and then was eventually purchased for $10,000 in 1830 by George Owens, mayor of Savannah. Owens' granddaughter Margaret Thomas bequeathed it to the Telfair Museums in 1951.
The Marquis de Lafayette stayed here when it was a boarding house and made a speech from this balcony.
You can visit the house on a guided tour every 15 minutes.
English-inpsired parterre garden.
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