Mag­nif­i­cent Man­tels

Old House Journal - - Inspire -

The home­own­ers be­lieve that the hand­some fire­place sur­rounds in the two main rooms, given their stylis­tic dif­fer­ences, be­long to dif­fer­ent decades. The golden-oak man­tel­piece in the ladies’ par­lor (the front, for­mal par­lor at right) prob­a­bly dates to the 1897 style re­mod­el­ing of the house. In the gentle­men’s par­lor (rear par­lor, op­po­site and above), the fire­place is likely orig­i­nal to the 1885 house. | In the ladies’ par­lor, the tile sur­round, in­sert, and cover are 100% orig­i­nal, at least to 1897. The in­sert is cov­ered in repet­i­tive fleurs-de-lis with a “Man of the North­wind” at the top of the frame. | The orig­i­nal gentle­men’s par­lor man­tel is faux mar­bre: mar­bleiz­ing over slate, em­bel­lished with sten­cils. The fire­box cover is not orig­i­nal to this house but is an ap­pro­pri­ate an­tique. “When we moved in,” Andy Streenz says, “the cast-iron cover was miss­ing, so I bought one with sim­i­lar di­men­sions on eBay. I had to cut the sides down and add a small sec­tion at the bot­tom for it to fit prop­erly.”

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