Alan Batchelder, during a 2018 visit to a building owned by La Cañada Unified School District, poses with a fireplace made in 1923 by his grandfather, Arts and Crafts tile artist Ernest Allan Batchelder.
“We’re trying to get ideas from tile preservationists about what it would take to move and restore it,” said LCUSD Assistant Supt. Mark Evans. “The house is going to have to come down, so we’re looking at how do we salvage it and is there a home for it?”
Source: With fate of LCUSD-owned Batchelder fireplace in limbo, old tiles are made new – Los Angeles Times
And by spruced up, I mean totally revamped with just-right amenities like a soaking tub, an outdoor shower and the comfiest twin leather armchairs in front of the hearth made of salvaged wood. The decor is an homage to the structure’s original function: vintage fishing nets, worn wooden oars and a collection of black-and-white photos that link the place to its past.
via Manka’s Inverness Lodge in California | Design*Sponge.
Really wonderful article on Apartment Therapy about wood fireplace surrounds.
One trend we’ve noticing is wood not only inside the fireplace, but on the outside, too. From slick matchbooked panels to reclaimed boards, wood fireplace surrounds are something we’re really warming up to.
via 10 Fireplace Surrounds with Beautiful Wooden Wall Panels | Apartment Therapy.