This year, winter’s brisk arrival sparked several heated discussions on our team’s most beloved fireplaces to date. From the original to the modern; the traditional to the straight-up ridiculous, these chimneys were built to embrace the cold season. Take a gander of your own; we’ll meet you with a cup of hot cocoa in five.
This fireplace wasn’t always located in a bathroom, but we did leave it in 100-percent original condition — from its brickwork to that stunning black marble.
To make a bold statement downstairs, we went with a more modern, minimalist look with slate tile and black angle-iron corners. (The original materials on this one had already been stripped when we bought the house.)
Sporting wooden mantels with glass tile hearths and matching surrounds, the two units below were first constructed in 1890 — and haven’t been altered since.
Looks superficial, but rest assured: This slate-tiled unit is far from electric. It runs on gas, in fact, and is fully functional. (Want to make it yours? You can.)
Would you have known this classic beauty was an honest-to-goodness original if we hadn’t told you first?
While original brick is the clear centerpiece in this office, we concreted the fireplace’s interior walls and built a wooden floor to blend with the room’s trim.
Downstairs, the home’s living room fireplace reigns as our team’s all-time fave. We mixed vertical, waterfall-patterned slate with original white marble to create a dreamy effect.
This entryway classic goes way back: Its surround, hearth, and mantel are original.
In this attic-turned-media-room, we added a wooden mantel and matching trim to the fireplace’s existing tilework.
Relaxing fireside via master suite…check. This mantel was in rough shape when we found it (but nothing a touch of paint couldn’t fix). We retained the unit’s existing interior brick to keep things dramatic.
We were elated to find a marble mantel so well-preserved in a centuries-old Victorian. For consistency, we tiled the surround with black slate.
We can’t get over this brick chimney and intricate mantel — mostly because they were both built with the house. After arranging assorted slate tiles on the hearth and surround, our work here was finished.
Far north of the city, this Erie County chimney pairs vertical black slate in a waterfall pattern with a simple — but prominent — wooden trim.