fireplaces – 1930s? 1950s?
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June 27, 2009 at 2:15 pm #710615JuliusCaesarParticipant
I recently bought a house of uncertain vintage – no dates on the deeds and it was owned by the same people for a long time. I think it’s either 30s or 50s. I want to do it up in a sympathetic manner – I think the chrome hexagonal doorknobs are original. It presently has a horrible rustic wooden fireplace in the main living room that I’d like to replace. This is a similar house: http://www.property.ie/property-for-sale/91-Herberton-Road-Rialto-Dublin-8/453549/
Any ideas as to the date? and any recommendations for books/websites to consult? Thanks.
July 1, 2009 at 11:18 pm #808033AnonymousInactive
Hi JC. I suspect the house is very late 1930s, probably hitting 1940. It could also be of the frugal, immediate post-war years of the late 40s, where style just continued where things left off. The book ‘Shaping the City and the Suburbs’ by Ruth McManus is probably your best bet for pinpointing your area.
And yes, definitely get back in a nice tiled Deco fireplace! Best of luck finding one that a) is in good nick, b) can be reassembled, and c) actually exists anywhere (lol)
July 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm #808034AnonymousInactive
Many thanks Graham. off to the library, and see if anyone is renovating around the area…….
July 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm #808035AnonymousInactive
no Alexander Strang in Rialto. go for some northside pastiche ! buy the buke for sure.:p..
July 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm #808036AnonymousInactive
My parents house was built in 1950 and had very similar fireplaces to these in two of the bedrooms and also in the reception rooms.
July 9, 2009 at 1:29 pm #808037AnonymousInactive
I had a house pretty much the same as that in Crumlin. The house I think was built in 1937. The front fire place was sort of art deco but the back one was more victorian looking.
July 17, 2009 at 3:37 pm #808038AnonymousInactive
…and any recommendations for books/websites to consult? Thanks.
This page seems to give an indicator of the styles in vogue in the 1930s.
Some very art-deco designs there but some of the more classic fireplaces have a shelf sitting in the centre. I have only just removed an oak fireplace from my house dated 1930 which has the shelf similar to some of the surrounds featured on that website.
July 17, 2009 at 5:49 pm #808039AnonymousInactive
brainscan: why did you remove it? There can’t be many oak 30s fireplaces left – you didn’t skip it I hope.
July 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm #808040AnonymousInactive
Removed because the two downstairs rooms have been joined into one and having two fires didn’t look right. There is a similar style mahogany fileplace in immaculate condition in the front room which is staying. I have kept the oak surround until I can figure out an appropriate use for it. Maybe incorporate it into a future extra room downstairs.
July 20, 2009 at 3:41 pm #808041AnonymousInactive
Whew! That’s a relief; hope you find a use for it eventually and all the best with your future plans.
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