Monday, November 1, 2010
The DuBignon House, Circa 1869
Henry Riffault du Bignon built this house for his wife, Alice Symons of Savannah. The Du Bignon family was among the millionaires of Jekyll Island for four generations. The boxy, Mansard roof allows a full upper story in the attic and is a carry-over from a time when property taxes were levied per story of a residence. This style is often called “The General Grant” style because it was popular during his presidency. The architecture is rare for the southern states but Old Town has several fine examples of Second Empire style among its’ historic treasures. The Du Bignon House has thirteen rooms beautifully appointed with period antiques; careful consideration has been made by the homeowner to restore the home to its place as a Union Street historic jewel. Every detail from the slate shingle roof to cracked plaster moldings to the rotting wood on the front porch has been joyfully restored and you will instantly know when you walk in the front door of this one hundred and forty year old home that it is much loved.