Vintage fireplaces & antique mantels never go out of style…
From the humble bedroom fireplace to spectacular showstoppers that dominate a room, we have photos — taken during the first half of the 20th century — of 30 completely different antique fireplaces for your viewing pleasure.
More than just a decor feature, old-fashioned fireplaces served as the primary source of heat in homes across the US. Even as they’d become unnecessary for this purpose by mid century, we’re sure you’ll agree that these styles are timeless!
1. Antique mantels: This cast iron example from 1860 in a 1940s country-style living room
2. Wormsloe Plantation fireplace – Savannah, Georgia
Home of Dr and Mrs Craig Barrow – the building itself dates to c1820
3. Vintage fireplaces: In the Cupola House (photo from 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.
5. Art deco-inspired vintage fireplace mantel from the 1930s
6. Antique original Craftsman fireplace and living room (1912)
7. Antique fireplaces: Kirksey House in Eutaw, Alabama (photo from 1939)
8. Living room in a model home with a elegant fireplace (1936)
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
10. Antique fireplaces: Edmund Cogswell Converse house (photo from 1908)
Home located in Greenwich, Connecticut
11. Home of Mrs Herbert Coppell, Pasadena (photo from 1917)
12. Henry Miller House fireplace
Main Street, Oldwick, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
13. Antique fireplaces: Tyrconnell, Baltimore, Maryland (Photo from 1930s)
14. Vintage 1940s fireplace screen – Flexscreen
15. Vintage fireplaces: Mary Scott Townsend House, Washington DC (Photo from c1910)
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.
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.
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.
19. Georgian style paneled wall with fireplace (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.
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.
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
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.
23. Elegant mirrored fireplace from 1920
24. Antique fireplace style, as seen in the 1940s
25. Fireplace at the Chimney House (photo from 1938)
Chimney House, 113 Walnut St., Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina
26. Vintage fireplace with wood mantel in a paneled living room (1948)
27. 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
28. 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.
29. 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)
30. Vintage fireplace with no mantel – Midcentury modern style (1948)