Jule Körner, a True Romantic?


Jule Körner’s romantic side is evident throughout the historic home. Evidence of Jule’s willingness to buck tradition in favor of romance can be found in the second floor Reception Room. During the Victorian Era public displays of affection were strictly forbidden.  To get around this, Jule designed a small alcove behind each fireplace (affectionately called “kissing corners”) where young couples could enjoy some alone time in the middle of even the busiest of gatherings.  Today, the kissing corners can still be seen at Körner’s Folly.

Decorating the Reception Room are conversation chairs, two and three seat pieces of furniture designed by Jule to allow for more private discussion between married couples or a courting couple and their chaperone, respectively.

If the ornate interior design work in the Reception Room isn’t enough to convince you Jule was a romantic at heart, just take a look at the hand-painted Cupid murals throughout Körner’s Folly, particularly in the third-floor theater, aptly named Cupid’s Park Theatre.  Jule designed Cupid’s Park Theatre for his wife, Polly Alice, and her Children’s Little Theater Program, called the Juvenile Lyceum.

Need some inspiration for what to give your Valentine this year? Take a look at the card pictured below–given to Polly Alice by Jule in 1883–and make sure to bring your special someone out for a tour of a Victorian house built with romance in mind.

1883 Valentine from Jule Körner to his wife Polly Alice.  It reads, "With heartfelt Congratulation and best wishes"

1883 Valentine from Jule Körner to his wife Polly Alice. It reads, “With heartfelt Congratulation and best wishes”

Jule and Polly Alice

Jule and Polly Alice Körner