BuildDirect Blog: Life at Home

History of the Fireplace

The first example of technology in the world that many of us can think of is the discovery of fire, and the development of the fireplace. In the mythology of Ancient Greece, the titan Prometheus stole fire from the gods and delivered it to humanity. He left the rest up to us, while he served his time for the crime (chained to a rock, having his ever-regenerating liver eaten daily by a really big bird – that’s another story …). And what have we done with it since then?

Well, a lot. Fire has been the key to our survival as a species.

Thanks, Prometheus!

Since those earliest times, the fireplace has represented many things to humanity over thousands of years, and through many eras of pre-history and Western civilization. It’s been a vital source of heat for dwellings. It’s played an important role in the area of  food preparation. It’s even served a design function, with fireplaces and hearths being the focal points of our most comfortable rooms.

Going into further detail, here’s a graphic that traces the history of the fireplace, from the life-giving fires of our stone-age ancestors, to its place as a stylish source of bragging rights in the modern, 21st century home.

To read the fine print on this graphic, click on it to open it in a new window. Then, click it again to view it in full size.

Take a look!

History Of The Fire Place

History Of The Fire Place

Have you got any tales of your favourite fireside memories? How about your ideal fireplace?

Tell me about it in the comments section of this post!


Rob Jones

Rob served as Editor-In-Chief of BuildDirect Blog: Life At Home from 2007-2016. He is a writer, Dad, content strategist, and music fan.

1 Comment

  1. Dear Rob,
    I like your fireplace history!
    Please allow me one correction. The first pivoting suspended fireplace of the world was the gyrofocus of a French designer called Dominique Imbert
    Your photo shows a copy of the gyrofocus called fireorb, that is much younger.
    Cheers, Ira

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