Questions and answers relating to houses built in the 1800s and before.
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I just started demolition on a house in Nunnelly TN, about an hour west of Nashville. This home and farm is the old Nunnelly Family Farmhouse, a century farm. Famous people such as Thomas Edison have stayed here. The walls are 12’ tall and there are many fireplaces. As I took the plaster off the walls i noticed that the structural walls, interior and exterior, are supported by large hand hewn timber’s with hand hewn wood every 2’ acting as studs but that in between the studs is old brick with mud mortar. I’m wondering if anyone has run across this before? We are considering allowing those brick walls to be exposed as well as the hand hewn timber’s. I’m assuming that this is how the original house would have looked. When they modernized it and put in push button electrical switches they probably put up the plaster then. There is a channel where they took the brick out next to each door where a switch has been placed. I have taken down a lot of hand hewn log homes but I’ve never seen one that had brick in between the vertical members as opposed to just stacked logs. Anyone ever seen this? I have pictures but the files are to large to upload.