Corner House is shaped by many inspirations. The strands of history, science, memory, art, passion and gastronomy come together to create a luminous experience in a singular setting.
Old photos of E J H Corner at his desk show him working in an environment that was bright and airy – the quintessential English man of science in the heart of the tropics.
He is often hunched over botanical specimens – orchids and the like – intently cataloguing or drawing them. Many features of the house in which Corner worked are still recognizable today.
In celebration of the opening of CORNER HOUSE, a new orchid hybrid has been named for the occasion – Dendrobium HCH Corner House.
This species is well-suited to our climate, extremely varied in colour and form, and features petals that range from purplish-brown to yellow, with curly horns and lips and a twisting flower form. In the morning, it exudes a light fragrance.
A relentless botanist and mycologist, E J H Corner taught himself to draw and illustrate.
Several reproductions of the original work by E J H Corner himself line the walls of CORNER HOUSE, such as this watercolour painting displayed in CORNER HOUSE.
E J H Corner’s life was well documented through the black and white photographs which depicted his life as a botanist, father and family man.
These images were obtained from various collections, including those of Corner’s son and the Botanic Gardens, and are displayed within the restaurant to celebrate the life of a unique man.
(Historical photos courtesy of John Corner)