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7 Arts & Crafts Fireplaces to Visit

Get a dose of restoration inspiration from these fireplaces at iconic Arts & Crafts house museums and hotels.
By Clare Martin

    The living room at Craftsman Farms.

    The living room at Craftsman Farms. (Photo: Courtesy of Craftsman Farms)

    Craftsman Farms
    Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey

    Given that he often touted the importance of the fireplace in his magazine The Craftsman, it’s no surprise that Gustav Stickley’s own home boasts an awe-inspiring hearth. The hefty stone structure takes up the better portion of the living room’s south wall, and features a copper hood inscribed with a Chaucer quote: “The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.”

    The Lodge at Torrey Pines
    La Jolla, California

    It may be a relatively new building, but this Arts & Crafts-style hotel is infused with plenty of authentic Craftsman detail. The lobby fireplace is a standout centerpiece, featuring Greene & Greene-style woodwork, an art-tile mosaic surround, and a hand-hammered copper hood.

    Blackwell House
    Windermere, England

    Situated inside a low-ceilinged inglenook, the main fireplace at Blackwell House, the only home by British Arts & Crafts architect M.H. Baillie Scott open to the public, is a cozy corner in an otherwise soaring main hall. Eclectic and whimsical, its firebox is covered in blue and white porcelain tiles, and a half-timbered minstrels’ gallery perches above the nook.

    The Gamble House
    Pasadena, California

    Nowhere is the Greene brothers’ woodworking prowess used to better effect than at their 1908 masterpiece. Decorative beams highlight an inglenook in the living room, where a Grueby-tiled hearth, high-backed built-in benches, art-glass-fronted bookcases, and hanging light fixtures (all designed by the architects) combine to create a breathtaking display.

    A vintage postcard depicts one of the Grove Park Inn's massive stone fireplaces.

    A vintage postcard depicts one of the Grove Park Inn's massive stone fireplaces. (Photo: Courtesy of the Grove Park Inn)

    The Grove Park Inn
    Asheville, North Carolina

    When you step into the cavernous lobby of the Grove Park Inn, you can’t help but be drawn to the two enormous fireplaces flanking the room. Made of irregularly sized granite boulders and large enough for several adults to stand inside, the fireplaces’ stones bear various inscriptions, such as this one from the north fireplace: “Take from this hearth its warmth; from this room its charm; from this Inn its amity. Return them not—but return.”

    Ainsley House
    Campbell, California

    Built in the English Cottage style in 1925, the Ainsley House has a Tudoresque aesthetic, but the library is pure Arts & Crafts, thanks to a Batchelder tile fireplace topped with a patinated, hand-hammered copper hood and surrounded by built-in bookcases with leaded glass doors.

    Boettcher Mansion
    Golden, Colorado

    Built as a hunting lodge in 1917, the Boettcher Mansion evokes a medieval splendor, particularly in its grand hall (now known as the Fireplace Room), the centerpiece of which is a massive inglenook carved out of the irregular stone walls. Inside the inglenook, the firebox is flanked by Arts & Crafts-style oak benches, exact replicas of the originals.

    Published in: Old-House Journal February/March 2012

    { 1 comment }

    Jason w. Tellier February 24, 2012 at 10:53 am

    good stuff looks good I do a lot of stone my self .
    Mason Jason

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