‘Raising a roof at Körner’s Folly


The Körner’s Folly Foundation is fundraising for a new roof for our beloved historic structure!  Over the past year, we have been tasked with the challenging goal of replacing the leaky, red tin roof that now tops Körner’s Folly.  The original roof, which artist and designer Jule Körner chose for his home, was made of chestnut shingles.  Our goal is to now replicate that original roof using modern materials in order to ensure the building’s survival and protect the artistry and creative vision that is housed underneath.

The photo you see below was taken before 1954, when the original chestnut-shingled roof was replaced with the current red tin standing-seam roof.  At the time, Körner’s Folly had sustained considerable water damage, and a new roof was needed to preserve what Kernersville understood as an important landmark.  Körner’s Folly had gained a reputation as a unique, albeit eccentric, town marker, even after many years of damage.  The first step in honoring Jule Körner’s vision was to ensure that his house would stand for future generations.

Now, almost 60 years later, the tin roof is badly weathered and in need of repair.  Jule Körner’s legacy of elaborate furniture detailing, plaster molding, and mosaic tile depends on the structural integrity and upkeep of this historic structure.  Thanks to the support of the Kernersville community, the Körner’s Folly Foundation is on its way to stabilizing Körner’s Folly.  Interested in donating to our challenge?  Visit our Donate page to pledge your contribution today!

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