The Andrew Low House on Lafayette Square

The Andrew Low House on Lafayette Square

Andrew Low was a Scot who moved to Savannah when he was sixteen. He entered the cotton business and, by the time he was in his thirties, had become the leader of uncle’s company and the richest man in the city. Accordingly, he built a house which would reflect his newly-acquired status on Savannah’s newest square, Lafayette.

Andrew Low House Savannah

For his new residence, Mr. Low hired John Norris, an architect who had done a number of important buildings in Savannah, including the Customs House on Bay Street. Norris designed Low’s house in the Italianate style, with a three-storied structure of stucco and brick. In 1849, the Lows moved in, and began throwing lavish dinner parties to which they invited famous guests such as William Thackery and Robert E. Lee.

The house would eventually be passed down to Juliette Gordon Low, who had married Andrew’s son William. Ms. Low is most well-known for being the founder the Girl Scouts, and the carriage house in the back yard was the site of their first meetings. Today, it’s become a sort of Mecca for the organization. Almost every time we’ve passed by, there’s a group of green-skirted girls waiting to get in.

We joined house tour, and had a great time. Every room has been wonderfully preserved, and is decked out with period furniture and ornamentation. The house is currently owned by the Colonial Dames of America, and the ladies who led our tour were as sweet as could be. Our guide answered all the questions we could muster, and were full of anecdotes about the house, the family, and the era in which they lived.

Location on our Savannah Map

Juliette Low, Girl Scout Founder

Savannah Sun Dial
Low House Savannah
Andrew Low Door
Inside Andrew Low House
Savannah Mirror
Christmas Savannah House Tour
Low House Piano
Interior Design Savannah
Ivory Art
Andrew Low Dining
Savannah Fruits
Savannah Lamp
Dragon Lamp
String Bird
Death Bed Gordon
Savannah Twin Boys
Play Room Savannah
Antique Toys Savannah
Savannah Bed
Cozy Curtains
Running Water Savannah
Sad Lion
Low House Church
Iron House Savannah
Savannah Berries
Low House Fence
Low House Eagle
USA Blossom
Visitors Andrew Low House


  • Sandy Traub

    Fantastic photos! Somewhere I read that Andrew Low was the wealthiest man in Savannah in 1848.

    January 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm
  • Lisa Hom

    Love, love, love how you focus on the little details that we all would otherwise miss. So glad you are enjoying your stay here.

    January 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm
  • Isabella Davis

    great set of pictures very artistically presented ,,,,

    May 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm