Every once in awhile, I daydream about all of us (all of you and me!) going for coffee, drinking tea, indulging in chocolate, going to Disney World and so forth. You get the idea, but until I become filthy rich and can sponsor such things, we’ll just have to do it this way.
It was built in 1878 and is less than two hours from our place.
It is a three-story house on seven levels with 22 rooms. Yep, you read that right. Are you beginning to get the idea of its strangeness?
It has fifteen fireplaces and they are all different. No two doorways have the same molding, trim and details.
Körner was an interior designer and he used his home as his showplace,
hence, all the varied rooms with differing woodwork and interiors.
What amazed me in addition to its quirkiness, was that as old as this house is, 90% of the furniture is original to the house and much of it was designed by Körner himself.
Another example is this triangular shaped piece of furniture that was designed especially for this, the Rose Room.
The little round tiles that make up the flooring throughout the house were laid one by one over two years by a single artisan.
There are painted murals on most of the ceilings – the artist who painted them would stay in a small bedroom that the children of the house once occupied.
It is the location of America’s very first private Little Theater.
The children in the area were given the opportunity to perform puppet shows in this theater.
It is still in need of a lot of restoration but I am amazed that so much of it has survived this long. If you are ever in the area and you like to tour old homes, especially Victorian era homes you might enjoy this one. It has been called an Amusement Park with a Front Door!