Telfair Museum is the oldest public art institution in the American South. It was founded in 1883 through a bequest from local philanthropist Maria Telfair, and set up in her historic family home, which she left to the Georgia Historical Society to be turned into a museum. Today, Telfair Museum comprises three buildings: the Telfair Academy and The Owens-Thomas House, both of which are National Historic Landmark sites built in the nineteenth century, and the contemporary Jepson Center. Each of the three buildings represents an innovative vision of its time and hosts a collection corresponding to the period during which it was built. Designed by the English architect William Jay, the Telfair Academy displays nineteenth – and twentieth – century American and European paintings, works on paper, sculpture and decorative art. It also houses important examples of American impressionism and Ashcan School Realism, with paintings by Childe Hassam, Frederick Frieseke, Gari Melchers, Robert Henri, George Bellows and George Luks. The Owens-Thomas House, which was also designed by William Jay, is considered one of the best examples of English architecture in the United States. It is now a historic house museum and its rooms display a decorative arts collection dating from between the late eighteenth century to the early nineteenth century. Completing the Telfair trio, the Jepson Center, designed by the renowned international architect Moshe Safdie, is dedicated to contemporary art. Together, these three unique buildings and three distinct collections represent and illustrate a marriage of centuries of Savannah's art and architectural history. This marriage is also reflected in the cladding used for the most recent building, which involved the collaboration of Henraux of Pietrasanta.

 Useful links

  • www.telfair.org
  • www.henraux.it
Titolo Telfair Museum of Arts
Tipologia Architettura
Data 2006
Luogo Savannah (USA)
Committente Telfair Museum of Arts
Architetto/Artista/Designer Moshe Safdie (architetto)
Tipo materiale
General Contractor n/d
Tipologia d’intervento Rivestimenti d’interni
Prestatore d’opera Henraux Spa

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