Before the sixteenth century fireplaces in individual rooms were not common. Buildings were typically heated by central, open fireplaces in a main room, vented through holes in the ceiling. The individual fireplace was therefore a great modern convenience to be celebrated. The Elizabethan Room fireplace has a stone lintel with a “four centered” arch (a shallow arch that rises to a point in the center), typical of the earlier Tudor period.
Given Lincoln’s frequent appearance at various places on this list, it is no wonder than his bedroom comes in at #1. Winston Churchill famously refused to sleep in the bedroom ever again after seeing the ghost beside the fireplace. (Churchill, it should be noted, had just emerged from a bath and was completely nude during the encounter.) Beyond those already listed as seeing Lincoln in other