Richardson House
Richardson / Owens-Thomas House, photo by P.K.Denslow
William Jay's work can be seen as presaging the arrival of Greek Revival architecture to Georgia. His buildings contrasted greatly with the traditional frame cottages and conservative brick houses of Savannah at the time.

Jay was building a house for Richard and Frances Richardson. Frances was the sister of Reverend Robert Bolton, who was married to Ann Jay, the architect's sister. Through this connection, Jay was introduced to Savannah society and built several homes for its prominent citizens.

Richardson was the first president of the Bank of the United States in Savannah. The Richardson House, at 124 Abercorn Street, is on Oglethorpe Square and is called the Owens-Thomas House today.

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