From Our Editors
It's almost as if Jule Gilmer Körner's home was designed to be a public attraction. In 1878, the decorator, painter, and interior and furniture designer began building a house specifically intended to showcase his myriad talents. The result was a whimsical Victorian creation where each room brings new and unexpected surprises, including a total of 15 unique fireplaces and ceilings that range from 5 to 25 feet high.
- Size: Self-guided tours take around 60 minutes as groups explore 22 rooms spread across three floors.
- Eye Catcher: The reception room exemplifies Victorian style with elegant woodwork and ceiling featuring ornate murals and cove molding.
- Permanent Mainstay: On the top level, Cupid's Park Theater—originally built for Körner's children—hosts regular shows by local performers, continuing a tradition that began in 1897.
- Pro Tip: Pay attention to the details. Throughout the entire home, no two doorways or windows are exactly the same. Check out the 8 minute tour introduction video in the gift shop prior to beginning your tour.
- For the Children: Groups can request scavenger-hunt materials before beginning a self-guided tour.