Fireplace Screen With Glass Doors - That's before central air, base-line heaters and the furnace. Having a fireplace was a necessity.
But, there were so many issues different back then. They weren't burning wood that was treated. There weren't a billion properties in the planet at that time. Of course, it's still excellent for wide-open areas like in the country in your farmhouse or in your own ranch. But, in city and suburban areas where living is tight isn't conducive to the wood burning hearth.
But, we don't have to totally trash the whole concept of having a fire-place in the house. You can find alternatives. Some of these alternatives appear just as great as a wood burning fire-place and throw just as much heat.