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Quick History: The Evolution of the Chimney Retrospect

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by Anna Hoffman (editorial@apartmenttherapy.com) last modified Dec 08, 2011

Chimneys at Casa Mila, by Antoní Gaudi, Barcelona, 1906-1910 The idea that Santa Claus comes down the chimney to deliver gifts is a relatively recent tradition — its spread is mostly asso




 

 

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Chimneys at Casa Mila, by Antoní Gaudi, Barcelona, 1906-1910


The idea that Santa Claus comes down the chimney to deliver gifts is a relatively recent tradition — its spread is mostly associated with Clement Clark Moore's 1823 poem, "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" ("'Twas the night before Christmas...") And, though fire has been the heart of the home for thousands of years, chimneys are only a few hundred years old, themselves. Let's look at the evolution of the chimney.



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