Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1960s Fireplaces

November 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Design Through the Decades - Part 28

Fireplace veneers in Phoenix, Arizona in the 1950s were often made of natural stone.  In the 1960s, the preferred choice of material was brick or block.

The protruding fireplace of the 1960s made it the focal point of a room.  Here’s one from a 1962 Phoenix home.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

This style continued in 1965.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

And even until 1967, at this Scottsdale home.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Sometimes the veneer was more important than the fireplace.  In this 1962 Phoenix home, the entire wall is made of brick with a small fireplace in the middle.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Brick fireplaces remained very popular throughout the 1960s, appearing in this 1969 home.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Here’s a modern style of fireplace from 1964 in Goodyear, Arizona.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

This 1966 fireplace added a little personality with the addition of an arch.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another arched fireplace from 1966.  As we’ve seen in most of these 1960s fireplaces, the hearth is more prominent and a mantel is absent.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Crazy slump block pattern at a 1967 Scottsdale home.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1961 Phoenix fireplace with large stone façade.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1968 Phoenix fireplace with large stone façade.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Free-standing fireplaces were trendy in the late 1960s.  Here’s an avocado green fireplace from 1969.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Here’s a red one from 1969.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

A brick material known as slump block appeared on fireplaces in the late 1960s.  Slump block (a hollow brick) would gain importance for exterior walls in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  This home was built in 1969.
1960s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

What will be the material of choice for 1970s fireplaces?

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Murphy // Jan 16, 2010 at 1:44 am

    The 3rd pic looks like my Aunt Bea’s house. I didn’t realize how trendy she was at the time. I thought her Danish Modern furniture was patio furniture because I grew up with heavy Colonial decor.

  • 2 lojo // Feb 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    the green and red freestanding malm type fireplaces at the end are very, very popular right now- and expensive. I wouldn’t get rid of those!

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