January 26, 2006 at 2:25 am #765692
What really makes you smile is the fantastic array of 1940s fireplaces on display; some modest bedroom models, and others more elaborate in reception rooms.
A nice little bedroom one here:
And the same model with an inverse colour scheme:
More elaborate decoration here:
A wonderful glossy-tiled Art Deco inspired surround:
And what seems to be a magnificent Bell fireplace, who were based in Glasnevin. They still seem to be there today on Botanic Road. What a fine piece – the design and tiles used match precisely the late 1940s date of these buildings.
Unfortunately it seems none of these fire surrounds are being salvaged, not even the finer ones, as the floors have already been knocked 🙁
January 27, 2006 at 6:56 pm #708390
You peeping tom!
Good to see that they’ve labeled the door surrounds. Wonder where they’ll end up.
Those fire places interested me because I have one at home here! Hideous when I first saw it but it’s really grown on me.
Both charming pieces of work. 😮
January 27, 2006 at 7:33 pm #765689
What a nice piece (the fireplace :)), and in good condition too (save the replacement tile at the front of the hearth 😉 – they were always the first to go). Late 40s perhaps? – going mainly on the skirting though!
Interesting to see how the hearth is designed at the bottom to accommodate the thickly-piled carpets and underlay of the era.
A close relative in Dublin has one of these too – they’re as rare as hen’s teeth in good condition nowadays unfortunately. This is perfectly preserved since installation in 1952:
Alas with more eh, ‘muted’ ornamentation 🙂
Some lovely detailing:
This fireplace survived a family of seven in a 3-bed semi for two decades perfectly intact. It really goes to show how times have changed; instead being careful now you just hack things about and chuck em out when they’re damaged, out of fashion or when you’re just got tired of them. This fireplace is in the state condition as the day it was installed 50 years ago. Similarly yours Morlan, even older, also seems perfectly intact. Not even the exposed hearth tiles are cracked.
January 27, 2006 at 8:20 pm #765690
That really puts my one to shame. Various ornaments arranged symetricaly, etc. I don’t even have matching candle sticks!
Mine is from the early 50s too. The house was a doctor’s surgery for several years so there would have been a lot of human traffic stubbing their brouges off the bottom of this thing. It’s lasted well.
We had another 50s fireplace in what would have been the waiting room but we had to rip it out, it was in a terrible state. Pitty because it was much bigger and had a lot more detailing.
Didn’t think I’d be spending a Friday evening on the internet talking about fireplaces! 😀
January 27, 2006 at 8:42 pm #765691Paul ClerkinKeymaster
That’s a fabulous fireplace….
Always liked the 1950s ones, always seemed to be in doctor’s surgeries for some reason
January 27, 2006 at 10:25 pm #765693
Another wee one in the bedroom. Not spectacular but dainty none the less. The hearth isn’t walled off on this one; the wooden surround is just a homemade job.
January 27, 2006 at 10:55 pm #765694
Great stuff – especially to see that it’s still in use! I’d love to have a fire in my bedroom 🙂
Yes it’s nice the way mini versions of the front room model were peppered all over the house as a complete set, just as you get standard, if horribly functional by comparison, radiators in every room in houses today.
Exactly the same prevailed in my house above too – a mini version in the back bedroom, a mini version in the dining room (though I think with some form of decorative or functional metal features), and a middle-sized one in the master bedroom. Alas the bedroom ones were removed in the 80s and 90s, and the dining room replaced in 1973 to be precise with a ghasty rippled tile clad yoke :(. Says it all that it’s to be replaced shorty.
Any more Morlan?!
The tide appears to be turning with people just beginning to open their eyes to these features. Nothing spectacular in most cases, but decent craftsmanship was employed and they’re interesting relics from the days before central heating. Most people of a certain age don’t realise that it wasn’t until the 1960s that central heating was fitted in new houses as standard, and the 1970s before it became a regular feature in older houses.
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