|John Demille House (c.1816) Demorestville|
|Macpherson House (1826) Napanee|
Several visits to Macpherson House in Napanee for teas and tours this year also presented opportunities to enjoy the simplicity (and imagine the heat!) of the cooking fireplace, and compare it with the more refined fireplace mantel in the elegant parlour.
|the cool basement summer kitchen|
The more refined parlour mantel, with panels and corner blocks is such a contrast to the working hearth just down the hall.
|a Georgian mantel...|
|and a Neoclassical...|
|...live together in a Neoclassical house|
And then, of course, we need to take a look at mantels with a Greek Revival accent, and the shrinking yet more ornate showplace Victorian version. And along the way, earlier than we might think, the cast iron stove made its appearance, in both the kitchen and more formal rooms.
And just as I was beginning a search for books on the subject, I happened upon a great article in one of the vast collection of Canada Century Home articles which came my way thanks to Judith's thoughtfulness, which I wrote about in a previous post. The article's called Home Fires, written by the estimableTom Cruickshank. It appeared in the October-November 1986 issue, and if you are fortunate to have a copy, you may read along with me.