I have a 1950's cape cod, which I moved into earlier this year.
The home was not advertised as having a fireplace and I certainly do not see any indication that there was or could've ever been one here.
Having said that, there's a chimney on one side of the house. My dad said that if there's a chimney that can only be because there was a fireplace, so it must've just been built over.
The indoor parts of the house that the chimney aligns with are just
- my small dining room
- the attic (now converted into extra bedrooms)
- the unfinished part of my basement, behind the washer and dryer, along the ugly brick walls
I don't see any possible way there could've ever been a fireplace in any of these places. I also have no idea what the point of a fake chimney would be. I'd love to have a fireplace and I'm just curious, so if you can shed any light I would appreciate it.