|Glanmore (National Historic Site - 1883)|
|north drawing room|
These seven fireplaces are at Glanmore. Originally fitted out as gas or coal-burning fireplaces, they augmented a convection heating system which utilized two basement fireplaces.
|the dining room|
And in that Victorian way of bigger is better, heavily ornamented overmantels with mirrors and shelves make an appearance. Although marble mantels were common by Victorian times, Glanmore's rooms have intricately carved mantels of mahogany and other woods, with applied decoration. Several have arched openings and cast iron grate inserts while others are rectangular. Imported ceramic tiles surround the fireplaces in the dining room and billiard room; the breakfast room has hand-painted velvet panels.
|billiard room - a cut above|
|faux painted surround|
|breakfast room mantel - room restoration underway|
For additional information about this amazing house, visit the website or pay Glanmore a visit!
I'll end on a nod to one of my favourite sources, Tom Cruickshank and his article Home Fires in the October-November 1986 issue of Century Home magazine.