Chimney Construction

While most houses have chimneys, the way the chimney is constructed and where it is placed on the building reflects a variety of cultural patterns or style preferences. Historic chimneys are usually of brick or stone and may be designed so they flank the outside wall of the building which is called an exterior chimney, or so that they are located within the outside wall of the building, referred to an interior chimney. Chimneys also may be located at the corner of the building or in the center of the building. Sometimes a building will feature double chimneys along one wall or perhaps both side walls. While buildings are seldom classified solely by location of the chimney, it is a key feature in describing a building and deciding what style or vernacular tradition it represents.


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Exterior Chimney

Interior Chimney

Central Chimney