italianate living room with mantel
Photo: Ryan Kurtz
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Living Room

In a pile of rubble, Vic discovered a cast-iron fireplace cover and two of the house's original gas chandeliers, which he restored and electrified. What he didn't find was the house's original hardware, almost all of which was stolen during the house's long abandonment. "That was frustrating," he says.

Vic Young and Cindy call this room the "Gentleman's Quarter." Vic restored the original mantelpiece. Since the chimney that vents this fireplace had collapsed, he plugged the firebox with a concrete form that resembles the house's other fireplace covers.
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