Launch Slideshow

Esto Gallery: Fireplaces

Esto Gallery: Fireplaces

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    Boissonas House, France, Philip Johnson Architect, 1965

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    National Homes - Price House, Location: Lafayette IN

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    MoMA House, New York NY, Marcel Breuer Architect, 1949

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    Monticello, Albemarle VA, Thomas Jefferson, Architect

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    Shamberg House, Chappaqua, N.Y./Richard Meier/Ezra Stoller © Esto

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    Miller House, Columbus IN, Eero Saarinen Architect, 1958

  • William T. Grant Residence

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    William T. Grant Residence , East River CT , Edward D. Stone, 1942

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    Taliesin East, Spring Green WI, Frank Lloyd Wright Architect, 1945

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    Subject: Taliesin West Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright Location: Scottsdale AZ Designed in 1937 as a winter weather headquarters for himself and theTaliesin Fellowship arts school he founded, Taliesin West is one of the architect's most sublime and austere creations. It was constructed in a very isolated part of Arizona, which allowed Wright full freedom to indulge his singular vision. The compound's structures are built of volcanic stone set in concrete, with canvas roofs supported by redwood braces. Open-air "flaps" smoothly blend the structure with the mountainous and desert landscape that surrounds it.

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    Adelman House, Location: Fox Point WI, Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright

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    Riverbend House, Location: Great Falls VA, Architect: Hariri & Hariri

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    Shrodes House, Location: Sausalito CA, Architect: Marquis and Stoller

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    Seattle Residence, Location: Seattle WA, Architect: Olsen/Sundberg Architects

In At Home, Bill Bryson’s history of his British rectory-turned-residence, he reminds us of the fireplace’s origin: the development of good bricks in the late Middle Ages. Before that, homes were heated by a central, open flame that sent smoke wafting to escape through a hole in the roof. Suddenly those bonfires could be domesticated and relocated to alcoves lined with bricks, which handled heat better than stone did. Fireplaces didn’t revolutionize the heating of the house—they were, and remain, inefficient—but transformed its layout by enabling the construction of a second story and the division of floors into rooms.

Writing centuries later in his 1932 autobiography, Frank Lloyd Wright instructs us on how to build a house: “I could see necessity for one chimney only … The big fireplace in the house below became now a place for a real fire … It comforted me to see the fire burning deep in the solid masonry of the house.” He’s offering a blueprint for what became a quintessential 20th-century American house, yet in those words you can see him yearning for the Medieval Ur-fireplace at the center of the room—the open hearth in the open home. As his biographer Meryle Secrest puts it, for Wright the fireplace became “the primeval center, almost the high altar of the house.”

No longer by necessity the house’s physical center, the fireplace became its spiritual core. In this gallery we present the high altars of 13 homes, ranging from the massive hearth of Taliesin West to a discreet Saarinen cubbyhole, from a Philip Johnson–designed wood stove to Thomas Jefferson’s Rumford fireplace at Monticello—all captured by Esto photographers.