Savannah's Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South. Located in Savannah's Historic District, the museum was founded in 1883 through the bequest of prominent local philanthropist Mary Telfair, who left her home and its furnishings to the Georgia Historical Society to be opened as a museum. The Telfair Museums consists of three unique buildings: the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House and the contemporary Jepson Center for the Arts.
Each of the museum's three buildings encompasses an extensive collection of American and European paintings, sculptures and writings corresponding to the era in which it was built. Designed in the Regency style by English architect William Jay, the Telfair Academy (formerly the Telfair family home), houses nineteenth and twentieth century American and European art. The Owens-Thomas House, also designed by William Jay is considered one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in the country. The historic site includes rare intact urban slave quarters and a lovely parterre garden. Rounding out the Telfair's trio of landmark buildings, the Jepson Center for the Arts, designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, which is devoted to the more contemporary art of today. Together, these three unique buildings bridge centuries of art and architecture, illustrating the continuum of art and history in Savannah.
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