An inglenook (Modern Scots ingleneuk), or chimney corner, is a small recess that adjoins a fireplace. The word is formed with ingle, meaning fireplace in Old English (from Old Scots or Irish gaelic aingeal: angel or euphemistically fire), and nook. Inglenooks originated as a partially enclosed hearth area, appended to a larger room. The hearth was used for cooking and its enclosing alcove became a natural place for people seeking warmth to gather. With changes in building design, kitchens became separate rooms, while inglenooks were retained in the living space as intimate warming places, subsidiary spaces within larger rooms.
Inglenooks were prominent features of shingle style architecture, but began to disappear with the advent of central heating. Prominent American architects who employed the feature included Henry Hobson Richardson, Greene and Greene and Frank Lloyd Wright. British architect Richard Norman Shaw was a significant influence on Richardson.
- Holt, Stephen. "The Inglenook: A History of Hearth & Home". This Old House. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
- Flaherty, Carolyn; Conley, Katharine (November 1980). "Cosy Corners". Old-House Journal: 178–179.