1994 home, hole in the wall of my hallway. Southern home with a crawl space. Not sure how the hole got there.
I haven't been able to come up with the right google search to understand what I'm looking at.
I'm concerned about the dark brown stuff, which is dry and hard. Behind the brown layer I can see (I assume) clean white drywall on the left there, and if I look directly into the hole I see some blank space and then a clean wood stud. The "brown" seems to be a very distinct layer of something on top of the drywall behind it, but I'm not sure.
I can't seem to find an example to understand... is this 2 layers of drywall? (drywall, brown stuff, drywall, paint?) Is the brown stuff a problem or indication of mold or something else? (No mold issues in our crawl space, though we haven't lived here that long).
Thoughts on what I'm looking at? Thank you for the help.