Tag Archives: Fireplaces

Reading the Historic House – – Seeking Clues to Original Layout and Finishes

Sometimes the artisan is called upon to restore a much altered structure to its original format and finishes and so it was with Leigh Douglas Johnson and the Lt. Gov. Jonathan Hunt House in Vernon, Vermont. This is a task … Continue reading

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1916 Brick Row House Restoration and Renovation

The goal is to restore this Richmond, Virginia row house to as near original condition as possible, with a few sensible changes and upgrades. The work will include replacing missing millwork, including a bricked up fireplace mantle, reformatting the kitchen and … Continue reading

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Stone Tower of Pizza Oven Cooks to Perfection.

They say there is another tower of Pizza in Italy, but it leans badly and it doesn’t even come close to cooking as good a pizza as this fourteen foot tall free standing, outdoor pizza oven. A technical achievement, this … Continue reading

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Colonial Cut Stone Center Chimney Dismantled and Installed.

Colonial era cut stone center chimneys are relatively common in southern New England. The stonework there is generally superior to that found points north, where chimneys are mostly out of brick. The hearth is literally the center and “focus” (Latin … Continue reading

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Building a Fireplace to the Specifications of Count Rumford

JB Mohler Masonry of Lancaster, MA built this Rumford fireplace in a residence in Acton. This particular example has a clean, modern look and a handsome mantle treatment, while still adhering to the Count’s principles. Superior Clay Manufacturing has made … Continue reading

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