I have a pre 1900s school house, that I am currently renovating. The main floor room is 25' x 30' with 12' ceilings. The north facing wall has no windows and is covered with plaster, with drywall on the lower half (atop the plaster).
I took off some of the drywall, and noticed the wall is all brick, albeit covered with cement (?). The plaster seems to start about 4' from the floor, so I'm thinking of ripping off all the plaster, lathe, and mortar, and then chip away at the cement, to expose the brick. Is this going to be a bigger mess than I'm imaging (I know it'll be dusty with the walls coming down), or am I doing something I shouldn't?
Are there any issues with taking the cement off the brick face? There is currently no isulation on this wall, aside from the wall being 3 bricks deep.
I've attached a picture below that shows what I'm talking about. You'll notice the chalkboard is still there, but it's actually a part of the plaster! The chalk writing is so old it doesn't even rub off
thanks in advance,
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