25 fantastic old-fashioned fireplaces

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Fantastic old-fashioned fireplaces
With these pictures from mansions, plantation homes, and other classic houses, you can warm up right here with a look back at 24 different old-fashioned fireplaces that were once found in homes across the US.

1. The Johnson home’s fireplace in New Orleans

Frances Benjamin Johnston’s home, 1132 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana (Photo from between 1920 and 1950)

1920-1950-Frances Benjamin Johnston's home, 1132 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana


2. Wormsloe Plantation fireplace – Savannah, Georgia

Home of Dr and Mrs Craig Barrow – building dates to c1820

Building/structure dates: ca. 1820. Related name: Dr. and Mrs. Craig Barrow.


3. Old-fashioned fireplace in the Cupola House (photo from 1936)

Cupola House, Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina

1936-Cupola House, Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina


4. North Carolina Governor’s home (photo from 1937)

Home of Samuel Johnston, who was North Carolina’s Governor in 1787, and the first US Senator from NC. Building dates to 1801.

1937 Hayes, Edenton vic., Chowan County, North Carolina


5. Elegant blue living room with classical fireplace (photo from 1957)

Wellman home on Beacon Street, Boston

Antique-style classic fireplace in a vintage home 1950s


6. Fort Defiance Plantation fireplace (photo from 1938)

Fort Defiance Plantation, Lenoir vic., Caldwell County, North Carolina

Building/structure dates: 1788-1789. Related name: Mr. & Mrs. Dobbin.


7. Kirksey House in Eutaw, Alabama (photo from 1939)

Building/structure dates: 1858- 62.


8. Decorative arch & fireplace in Georgia home (photo from c1899)

Interior view of room showing chandelier, decorative arch, fireplace, and furniture. Photo from “Negro life in Georgia, USA.,” compiled and prepared by WEB Du Bois, v. 3, no. 286.

c1899-Interior view of room showing chandelier, decorative arch, fireplace, and furniture


9. Upstairs sitting room fireplace, New Jersey

Second floor sitting room view of fireplace and windows, showing the projecting fireplace and mantelpiece at the Henry Miller House on Main Street, Oldwick, Hunterdon County, NJ

Upstairs sitting room fireplace, New Jersey

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10. Edmund Cogswell Converse house’s fireplace (photo from 1908)

Home located in Greenwich, Connecticut

1908-Edmund Cogswell Converse, Greenwich, Connecticut


11. Home of Mrs Herbert Coppell, Pasadena (photo from 1917)

1917 Pasadena, California, Mrs. Herbert Coppell home

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12. Henry Miller House fireplace

Main Street, Oldwick, Hunterdon County, New Jersey

Henry Miller House, Main Street, Oldwick, Hunterdon County, NJ


13. Tyrconnell, Baltimore, Maryland (Photo from 1930s)

1930s-Tyrconnell, Baltimore, Maryland


14. Fireplace in the Long House, Kansas City, MO (Photo from 1986)

View from the library, showing the fireplace and built-in bookcases. R A Long House, 3218 Gladstone Boulevard, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri

Fireplace in the Long House, Kansas City, MO (Photo from 1986)


15. Mary Scott Townsend House, Washington DC (Photo from c1910)

c1910-Mary Scott Townsend House, Washington, D.C.

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16. Georgian fireplace in a paneled wall (1941)

Backed by a paneled wall, this Georgian fireplace might well be in a living-room. But here, framed by the canopy of a great bed, it turns a bedroom into a grand place for evening reading or chats.

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Vintage fireplaces from the 1940s (2)


17. Early American fireplace (1941)

An Early American fireplace, framed in white stone and embraced by the wainscoted plank paneling of the walls, snuggles into its corner to smile out over the whole room. The tiny mantel is graciously plain.

Vintage fireplaces from the 1940s (7)


18. Bedroom made more inviting by a fireplace of Colonial design (1941)

Here’s a bedroom made more inviting by a fireplace of Colonial design. See the tiny wood cupboard at left, the polished brass andirons and fender, and the discreet tidiness of the graceful wood molding.

Vintage fireplaces from the 1940s (6)


19. Georgian style paneled wall (1941)

If you’ve ever thought Georgian style formal, look well at this delicately paneled fireplace wall, with its graceful flanking cupboard doors, its lofty opening, and then feel yourself warmly welcomed.

Vintage fireplaces from the 1940s (3)

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20. American Colonial updated with modern styles (1941)

Here are a fireplace and wall in an American-Colonial home more than two centuries old. But see how pleasing to the modern taste are the corner cupboard, paneling, and whitewashed plaster fireplace.

Vintage fireplaces from the 1940s (1)


21. Corner fireplace with cupboard (1941)

Unusual — and warmingly charming — is this corner fireplace with its china cupboard above. Notice how the curves of the hearth, fireplace opening, cupboard back, shelves, and molding all blend in harmony

Vintage fireplaces from the 1940s (4)


22. Dutch Colonial circular fireplace (1941)

This corner fireplace’s circular hearth, rough plaster, and discreet framing and mantel of wood might mark it as Dutch Colonial, or it might be Early American to fit scalloped cupboard-bookcase.

Vintage fireplaces from the 1940s (5)


Elegant mirrored fireplace from 1920

Elegant mirrored fireplace from 1920


Antique fireplace style, as seen in the 1960s

Antique fireplace style in the 1960s


25. Fireplace at the Chimney House (photo from 1938)

Chimney House, 113 Walnut St., Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina

1938 Chimney House, 113 Walnut St., Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina


Photos via the US Library of Congress; Better Homes & Gardens, December 1941 and other sources

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