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    Default 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!

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

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

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    Default 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.

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    Default 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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