Roseland Cottage was a summer home, used by the Bowen family in June, July, and August. Architect Joseph Collins Wells placed a working fireplace in each of the rooms of the house used by the family except the conservatory and the conservatory chamber. If needed, a wood fire, tended by a servant, could take the chill off a room. All eight fireplaces had marble surrounds and mantels. In the 1880s, hand-painted tiles were inset around the fireboxes of both parlors and the dining room.