Our house is old and we've discovered lots of quirks that were the result of 100 + years of renovations.
A past owner was kind enough to stuff some newspaper into the wall in the kitchen which gives us an idea that the house went through a big renovation/remodel in the late 1960s. While the dates were missing off the papers, the job listings were for males and women (who apparently had to be single to work) and the big controversy was over pope Paul's stance on birth control in the Catholic church. That gave us a pretty good idea about when the papers were stuffed in the wall.
We also have a false wall in the dining room. D demolished the portion in the hallway in order to build some shelving. Behind the wall in the dining room is presumably the lower part of the chimney that goes to the fireplace in Leelee's room.
As I was watching Rehab Addict, and the hostess uncovered a chimney covered in plaster. She made the brickwork a gorgeous feature in the room. This, of course, got me thinking about the chimney in the dining room. How awesome would that feature be if I could make it shine?
I started poking around and up near the top is this:
I had to stick my camera up under part of the wall to get this view. I also poked it with a stick and all sorts of soot came out!
Uhhh that's not good right?
Time to turn to google and after a quick search determined this was in fact a flue cover. I even found this exact cover for sale on etsy, so it wasn't all that rare.
But, it leaves me wondering (and asking for help!) as to why there would be a flue opening 10 feet up in what was then the kitchen? Why is it still filled with soot and debris? Shouldn't that have gone to a clean-out under the house?
Am I safe to assume the entire thing is bricked and I can expose it by chipping off the plaster?
I have a feeling D will be asked to crawl under the house very soon to examine the chimney clean-out issue and to see if the brick chimney even extends that far down!
Until I can get good answers to these questions, nothings going to be happening on this potential project.
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