Might Original Craftsman Wooden Pillars Be Hidden in This Wall?

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Q: My husband and I just purchased a 1910 California bungalow. We bought it from a couple who owned it for the previous 10 years. They made some updates, and let us know what those were. They purchased it from a seller who had flipped it, bottom to top — new foundation, roof, windows, etc. There are some original details that remain — some molding around windows and doorways:

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There is a weird separation between the living room and formal dining room. They made it modern when the house was flipped flipped, but the opening seems awkward. We were looking at pictures of other 1910 bungalows and most of them have wood pillars/built-ins/structure to separate the two rooms (here's an example). Maybe we're dreaming, but we are hoping that plywood/sheetrock was just put up around the pillars, instead of removing them. Before we cut into any walls, we were curious what the Apartment Therapy community thought. Thanks for your help!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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