'How convenient is your front entry? Does it lead guests into a transition zone where you can shake hands and take their coats, or does it unceremoniously dump them right into the living room? If your entry is little more than a door, then let this multiple-use divider change all that.
Besides screening your entry, the unit provides a setting for that fireplace you've always wanted, along with a flip down desk, compact beverage bar, loads of shelf space and even a firewood bin. Once the hearth and prefabricated fireplace have been installed you can construct the shelf systems with tension poles and plywood.' Better Homes and Gardens, 1966
Sounds like a good idea to me. Could we make use of this fireplace?