Restoration Reaches New Heights with North Staircase Reno


North Staircase and Master Bedroom Restoration Under Way

Historic Körner’s Folly is pleased to announce the continuation of our interior restoration project. Restoration has officially begun on the North Entry and Staircase. The structural work, which will include carpentry and plaster work, will be completed before the holiday season. However, look for the dramatic interior transformations after the new year in early 2020. Stay tuned here for project updates!

The North Staircase pre-restoration.

Rising four floors, or over 40 feet, the North Entry and Staircase is an ambitious project. This main staircase is where the Körner’s greeted guests from 1880-1920, and where guests enter Körner’s Folly for programs and special events today; so it has seen a lot of wear and tear over the years. The walls and ceilings of the North Entry and Staircase will be restored to a robin’s egg blue and off-white color scheme with intricate plaster barley twist running up the entire height of the staircase. Just off the North Entry is the Master Bedroom of Jule and Polly Alice Körner. It too is getting a whole new makeover, being returned to its blush pink and pale yellow color scheme.

Restoration of the Master Bedroom, along with the North Staircase, will include recreating historically appropriate paint schemes; removing and relocating modern elements; replicating and repairing missing or damaged plaster details and woodwork; refinishing and cleaning architectural surfaces; reproducing historic textiles; and repairing unstable infrastructure.

The Master Bedroom pre-restoration.

Don’t fear – the Folly will remain OPEN while these rooms undergo restoration. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to see historic preservation in action. so be sure to ask staff about the restoration process while on tour. Tour routes may be altered slightly to accommodate the work, and at times, 1-2 rooms may periodically close, call ahead for information on closings (336) 996-7922.

Körner’s Folly is open for self-guided tours Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Sundays 1 – 4 p.m. The last tickets are sold at 3 p.m. to allow visitors adequate time to explore and enjoy the museum. Private guided group tours are available by appointment.