The classically designed Andrew Low House sits on the southwest trust lot on Lafayette Square in the beautiful port city of Savannah, Georgia. The square was named after a Revolutionary War hero and the trust lot was the former site of the old jail.
In 1847 the wealthy cotton factor Andrew Low chose John Norris to design a house on the lot for his young family. Norris was an architect to whom the city’s leading citizens turned for the design of their residences and business establishments. Along with the architects William Jay and Charles B. Cluskey, John Norris formed a trio which left major imprints upon 19th century Savannah.
Savannah with about 14,000 inhabitants was a prosperous, growing community when Andrew Low moved into his grand new house in 1849. A sort of golden age began for Savannah in the years leading up to the War Between the States. As the ships of A. Low & Co. plied the ocean routes between Savannah and Liverpool loaded with bales of cotton worth millions of dollars. Andrew Low was acknowledged as the richest man in the city.