Victorian fireplace remodel
Hello! Our San Francisco Victorian (circa 1890) has a lovely wood-burning brick fireplace, however, as we are in an earthquake zone, we need to remove the bricks. We also want to change over to a clean-burning fireplace insert. My main concern is the mantle design. I want to stay true to the period. Currently, it is a brick mantle that feels a bit like a French farmhouse. I know pretty much nothing about Victorian mantles, but I found an antique wooden mantle from the same time period that was removed from a mansion in Pacific Heights. It needs some restoring, but it's very much Victoriain - more decorative and delicate with an attached, framed mirror above the mantle. I wonder, would this be... tacky or out of character with the rest of the house? The last thing I want to do is damage the integrity of our Victorian. I would appreciate any advice. I can provide photos.