I'm remodeling a room in a fairly old house (~100 yrs), and I discovered a capped-off gas pipe behind some framing+drywall that had been hastily installed whenever this room had been converted into a bedroom:
I'm trying to determine the original purpose of this room, when the house was first built. Notice the D-shaped hole next to the gas line. At first I thought this might have been a flue vent for whichever appliance had been connected to that gas line, but then I thought it wouldn't be possible to direct exhaust downward.
Did the D-shaped hole fit to some other part of the appliance, or perhaps a completely separate appliance next to whatever was connected to that gas line?
Some more clues:
- The room in question is at the front of the house, facing the street
- The gas line is up against an interior wall, opposite the front window
- One-story house in the Midwest, cross-gable roof plan, probably built in 1920 or earlier
- Tearing down some of the drywall in this room reveals old wood paneling on the walls beneath it
What appliance(s) used to be in this room, and what purpose did this room serve overall?