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Hearth Moderne: 1940

Hearth Moderne: 1940

May 30, 1940. "John C.B. Moore residence in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, New York. Living room, to fireplace. Moore & Hutchins, architect." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

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No screen across the face of the fireplace, and that carpet looks a tad too close.

The Only Thing Wrong

with this picture is that the picture above the hearth is too small and hung too low. Unless it's the fact there is no insulation in the ceiling. It must have been very hard to heat in a New York winter.

What is the device plugged into the lower right corner of the far wall?

[I believe that is a thermostat. -tterrace]

Thinking a little bit, at least

Nice to see a "modern" house with a pitched roof, though to be sure a pitched roof without apparent insulation. Somebody remembered dodging buckets to catch the drips from flat roofs!

For switzarch

See pic for a more modern version of this roof, called a "shed roof." Fairly common. Make sense now?

Ingenious rockers

The small wooden blocks under the forward curve keep the chair from tipping forward while the slight rise it gives the to base lets the chair "rock" backward by flexing a bit.


Is in the blacked out area at the top of the enlarged picture. Also hope there is a shot from outside of the left side of the fireplace, note ceiling rafters are slanted, but the window alongside the fireplace is level across the top.

[There is no "blacked out area." The flat roof is inclined at an angle. - Dave]

That 'blacked out area' must be a trick of my machine. "Inclined at an angle", eh, but you're right there does seem to be a bit of arkie trickery going on.

[No, that's an artifact of using a tilt-shift lens. The bookshelf is not getting taller as it gets closer to the camera. - Dave]

Egad, understand that, but, if you look at the wood paneling on the fireplace wall, the rafters are lower on the right side, why would they tilt down, away from the outside wall.

[It tilts toward the outside wall on the other side of the house. You wouldn't want rain coming off the side that has the deck. - Dave]

Handicapped rockers

They could have called these "rock and roll" chairs if they had designed a way to adjust the bottom rail so that it could be made flexible and attached to the wheelie mechanism as desired (to roll down a hill or somethin'). Yes, I do have too much time on my hands. Also, in my opinion, the hearth art looks like a paint by numbers picture and the fireplace tool set looks cheesy. So there.

Ikea of its day

Who would have thought that they made chairs during this time period.

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