Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1970s Fireplaces

November 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Design Through the Decades - Part 29

Fireplace designs from the late 1960s spilled over into the 1970s in Phoenix, Arizona before settling in at brick, brick, and more brick.

Let’s look at the brick fireplaces first since they represent the 1970s so well.  Here’s one from 1972.
1970s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The hearth is the dominant feature of 1970s fireplaces.  And a wall of brick was a popular design element.  From 1973.
1970s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

By 1975, homebuilders were tired of all that brick, so fireplaces were downsized.
1970s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1976 Phoenix home with brick fireplace.  Mantels were either absent or played a minor part in fireplace design in the 1960s and the 1970s.  Where do people hang Christmas stockings?
1970s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

One more example of a 1970s brick fireplace, still the focal point of the family room.
1970s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Let’s go back to the early 1970s and look at designs left over from the late 1960s.  How about a free-standing fireplace?
1970s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Or this free-standing fireplace with brick accent?
1970s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The infamous arched fireplace of the late 1960s showed up in the early 1970s.
1970s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Fireplaces with large natural stone always pop up in each decade.  Here’s one from 1975.
1970s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

By the late 1970s, brick was replaced by slump block, a hollow brick that was used in exterior walls in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
1970s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Coming Up:  Phoenix fireplaces in the 1980s.  Will brick stay or go?

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Greeney // Mar 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I love the green stone one. How can you tell whether it is brick or slump stone? Is there a telltale sign. I’ve never seen slump block.

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