Adding a fireplace to a home that never had one
I would like to add a fireplace in my 1857 home, which never had a fireplace and was originally heated by parlor stoves. I know it's not exactly "right" of me to do, but then again I don't live in a house museum where I need to follow very strict guidelines, either. My plan was to use only salvaged materials and take the fireplace to about 1870, using an Eastlake marbelized slate mantle and surround, and use majolica and encaustic tiles for the surround and hearth floor. I attached a link to a photo of what I'd like the finished product to look like.
I thought I would do a gel fuel fireplace, which would allow for semi-realistic looking ceramic logs and an open, crackling flame (unlike a gas fireplace, which is hidden behind glass and doesn't crackle).
So, fellow old house owners, what do you think? Is this an insult to my old house, or an enhancement? I haven't quite made up my mind.
Here is a link that might be useful: