History of the Jackie O’ House in Columbus, MS
The Jackie O’ House has been a part of the Columbus, Mississippi, community for over 100 years. The building began as a private residence and was converted to a bed and breakfast by its current owners in 2005. Take a step back in time to learn more about the property which is referred to in the National Register as the Owen-Richardson-Owen House.
A Structure Built in the Late Neoclassical Architecture Style
The story of this historic property began in 1907. It was purchased by Pauline Owen who was the wife of Thomas G. Owen. The architect that originally designed the home is unknown but was designed in a neoclassical architecture style. On January 7, 1907, The Columbus Dispatch newspaper wrote, “Mr. T.G. Owen and family have taken possession of their new home in the southern suburbs of the city. This home is an elegant three-story brick building with all the modern conveniences and is truly one of the handsomest homes in the county.”
Neoclassical design was used in important buildings around the world and throughout the United States. The Columbus, MS area is defined by specific neoclassical buildings. Our bed and breakfast is one of these buildings with defining features which include:
- Bottled Glass Windows
- Inserted Munition in the Lower Sash of the Windows
- Porches on One Level
- Pocket Doors
- Radiators/Bun Warmer
- Square Columns that Draw the Eye Upwards
- Stained Glass Windows
- Transom Windows
Family-Business Providing Flowers to the Entire Country
When the home was purchased by T.G. Owen, he chose to list himself as a gardener and a florist of the grounds. His spare time was spent on growing flowers and extending his home garden from a few flowers to a complete floral business. In 1933, the home was converted to a family business named T.G. Owen and Son which provided flowers to clients across the country and became one of the largest nurseries south of the Ohio River.
With the greenhouses he had built, with more than 200,000 square feet under glass, Owen was able to gain a name for superior poinsettias, Easter lilies and roses available year-round and in off-season shipments. It was reported that “Out in the open on this farm during Christmas of 1931, hundreds of roses were blooming as though it were summer…they could ship their products to anywhere in the U.S.” In 1960, the nursery was sold by T.G. Owen’s son.
YEARS AS A PRIVATE RESIDENCE
For 97 years, the Jackie O’ was a private residence which truly preserved the architectural details of the home. In December 2005, the property was purchased and converted into The Jackie O’ House, a bed and breakfast.
Contact us to learn more about the history of our bed and breakfast or book your weekend getaway or event. We are only two miles from historic downtown Columbus, MS.