3514 Shadeland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

Cozy up to our all-time favorite fireplaces

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.


NORTH SIDE

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.

1005 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233

 

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.)

1005 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233

 


NORTH SIDE

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.

1007 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233

1007 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233

 

 


MOUNT LEBANON

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.)

957 Connor Road, Pittsburgh PA 15234

 


BRIGHTON HEIGHTS

Would you have known this classic beauty was an honest-to-goodness original if we hadn’t told you first?

1432 Davis Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 


LAWRENCEVILLE

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.

5208 Poe Way, Pittsburgh PA 15201

 

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.

5208 Poe Way, Pittsburgh PA 15201

 


BRIGHTON HEIGHTS

This entryway classic goes way back: Its surround, hearth, and mantel are original.

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In this attic-turned-media-room, we added a wooden mantel and matching trim to the fireplace’s existing tilework.

1912 termon avenue, pittsburgh pa 15212

 


EAST LIBERTY

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.

5513 Margaretta St, Pittsburgh PA 15206

 

 

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.

5513 Margaretta St, Pittsburgh PA 15206


BRIGHTON HEIGHTS

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.

3514 Shadeland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 


FAIRVIEW

Far north of the city, this Erie County chimney pairs vertical black slate in a waterfall pattern with a simple — but prominent — wooden trim.

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