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Allison
Niche in wall where fireplace used to be?

We're getting ready to close on the purchase of a Colonial, ca 1800, and I am curious about a feature in the living room and dining room walls. Both rooms once had fireplaces; the fireplaces have long been sealed and plastered over. The walls are in excellent shape. But at the site of each fireplace, there is a niche at the floor/hearth level. It's about 24 inches high, 12 inches wide, and 8 inches deep. The niches are not inserts, but are shaped into the wall. (Sorry, I don't have a photo, but will post one next time we're in the house.)

Any thoughts on whether this was merely decorative, or was there a useful purpose for a niche like this?

Thanks!

dj1
Re: Niche in wall where fireplace used to be?

Rather than trying to guess, why don't you ask the seller?

Allison
Re: Niche in wall where fireplace used to be?

Wish we could, dj1 - the house is being sold by Fannie Mae. The most recent owners are gone, and this was an alteration made probably 50 years ago, before even they bought it.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Niche in wall where fireplace used to be?

That sounds about the right size for an old gas mantel heater.

Jack

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