Jule Korner’s romantic side is evident throughout Korner’s Folly from kissing corners to cupids!
The Korner’s were known for hosting romantic parties and weddings in Korner’s Folly over the years. The Korner’s daughter, Doré was married on the North Lawn and held her wedding reception in the 2nd floor Reception Room. Decorating the Reception Room are conversation chairs, two and three seat pieces of furniture designed by Jule to allow for private discussion between married couples or a courting couple and their chaperone, respectively.
During the Victorian Era public displays of affection were strictly forbidden. However, Jule liked to buck tradition a little (can you tell with a house like Korner’s Folly?). So to get around this, Jule designed small alcoves behind the fireplaces (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 Korner’s Folly. Young couples in the Victorian Era also devised various ways of discretely communicating in public, such as flirting with their fans or handkerchiefs.
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 Korner’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? Below is an original Valentine–given to Polly Alice by Jule in 1883. Make sure to bring your special someone out for a tour of a Victorian house built with romance in mind this February.