EVENING AT MASSIE HISTORY and ARCHITECTURE SERIES:
A CONVERSATION ABOUT LEGENDARY WILLIAM JAY with JOHN DUNCAN and HIS CO-AUTHOR, SANDRA UNDERWOOD
Proudly Sponsored by the Friends of Massie
in cooperation with the Savannah
Downtown Neighborhood Association
DATE: Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 6:30 PM.
Talk begins at 7 PM
WHAT: Massie Heritage Center welcomes historian and collector. John Duncan for an evening of history exploring the accomplishments of a now almost unknown architect. Historians are persistent people. Take John Duncan, our legendary history scholar, ardent collector, and resident wit. He has spent almost 50 years pursuing this young architect who changed the architectural face of Savannah in five remarkable years from 1817 to 1822. There were more questions than answers about William Jay, and Duncan was determined to research and document Jay’s contribution to his now landmark buildings. Aided by Sandra Underwood, a retired professor of art history who collaborated for ten years on the book and his wife Virginia, who is his partner in V&J Duncan, an emporium of antique maps, prints and maps on Monterey Square, who helped research Jay.
Duncan traces Jay’s life through vibrant and volatile world of the English Regency which reshaped Savannah’s landscape, society and architecture. With the dawn of the nineteenth century, the city of Savannah found itself on the cusp of great change as it developed from a provincial colonial capital to a thriving and nationally important port city.
WHO: John D. Duncan and Sandra L Underwood,
authors of “The Showy Town of Savannah” -
The Story of Architect William Jay
WHERE: Massie Heritage Center
207 East Gordon Street
Savannah, Ga. 31401
COST: FREE, open to the public.
MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Smith, Curator,
Massie Heritage Center