This fireplace was purchased from Cedric Lebert and is 350 years old. It was in exceptional condition . We have to cut and alter most of the antiques to fit into their new homes. This one has earthquake bracing in every piece of stone which is 3 times the strength required by the California building code. A grout was created using the original stone, ground with cement to make the joint as seamless as possible. The hearth was created from Texas limestone and water blasted. This particular piece of texas limestone was a closer match than actual French limestone.