We are trying to get a picture of the original mantle. It was supposedly very ornate and matched the 1/4 sawn oak trim and corinthian columns in our stairway. It is missing, and there are two areas of thought. It was either stolen or the old man who owned the home and may have had some dementia, let it go some how.
In any case it was not there when we bought the house:
During Thanksgiving, we traveled to see some friends up in Monument, near Colorado Springs and we went looking for a mantle. Our friends did some pre-investigation for us and had a few shops to have a look. Well, we found it. I did not think it color matched, but my dear wife with the stylish eye, knew it would be perfect. And she was right:
It is not installed yet but will look like it was made to order:
There are wing trim that will cover the expose wall on either side, as well as a top piece of trim. We already have talked to our cabinet guy about fitting the mantle to the wall and finishing off any oak trim as necessary. Can't wait. We will install once the floors are finished.