1978 Conversation Pit Fireplace

May 15th, 2010 · 7 Comments

In the late 1970s, sunken beehive fireplace conversation pits were popular in some new subdivisions.

1970s 1978 sunken beehive fireplace conversation pit Phoenix Arizona home house

Neat idea?  Waste of space?  Safety hazard?

1970s 1978 sunken beehive fireplace conversation pit Phoenix Arizona home house

Tags: Fireplace · Phoenix Homes · 1970s

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cregazw // May 15, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I had to think about it, but I don’t think I’d want to sit on those steps for very long. So probably wouldn’t use it much. Looks to be in Excellent condition tho.

  • 2 Jayne // May 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I would be worried about someone falling into it and would add railing. It’s nicely remodeled. Could fill it up with those plastic ball pit balls for the kids.

  • 3 Jamie // May 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    i actually really like it! don’t like the blah color but it could be spruced up a bit.

  • 4 Jayne // May 15, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Fill it with those ball pit play balls for your kids.
    Keep ‘em busy so you can have an adult conversation.

  • 5 Melykin // May 16, 2010 at 12:37 am

    At first glance those pillows looked like the hats of a row of gnomes chatting by the fireplace.

  • 6 moon // Jun 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    It seems to close in to the fireplace, and too steep to really be comfortable lounging by the fire. I have nothing against conversation pits, but it should be carpeted or have seat cushions, and there should be more room to stretch out by the fire with a good book and a glass of wine. For entertaining, there doesn’t really seem to be quite enough room for occasional tables for food and drink, and for people to sit comfortably together by the fire, isn’t that the whole point of a conversation pit in the first place? To enjoy company by a fireplace, to have a spot without distraction of things like television etc. where the company can enjoy each other with some ambiance. Gotta have a little more room and comfort there….

  • 7 kay // Nov 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    an updated version of this would be amazing … something more comfy (and safe) … like sitting around a campfire!! I’d spend all my time there with my ipad in my lap.

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