In the three short years between his arrival from England in 1817 to his departure for Charleston in 1820, William Jay changed the face of Savannah. In a time when many Americans sought to distance themselves from European influence and develop a national character of their own, a few, including Richard Richardson, Alexander Telfair, William Scarbrough, and Archibald Stobo Bulloch, still sought the classical elegance of the popular English Regency style. Jay delivered the luxurious showplaces they desired and also elevated Savannah’s civic life with a new theater, a design for the Savannah Branch of the Second Bank of the United States, and a new Customs House.
Explore Jay’s life, travels, and most importantly his designs as we celebrate 200 years of William Jay architecture in Savannah.
Building designed by David Riddall Roper, Engraved by John Rolp (British, 1799-1862), Drawn by Thomas H. Shepherd (British, 1792-1864), Haberdasher’s Alms Houses, Hoxton, ca. 1828, For Metropolitan Improvements or London in the Nineteenth Century by James Elmes (British, 1782-1862), Published by Jones & Co., London, On loan from V & J Duncan Collection
Drawn and engraved by J&C Walker (John Walker, Alexander Walker, and Charles Walker), Map of Mauritius, April 1, 1835, For History of the British Colonies: Possessions in Africa and Australasia, Volume IV, By Robert Montgomery Martin (Irish, 1801-1868), Published by Cochrane and Co., Waterloo Place, On loan from V & J Duncan Collection