There is evidence our house once had a bookcase/column system separating the living room from the dining room. The hardwood floor has been patched where the bookcases once were and you can see small indents in the header where the columns were once attached.
The house that got demolished had managed to retain this system over the years on one half of the duplex. One side has a pull down desk built-in, but the pull down part of the desk is missing.
The back of the system is covered in wainscoting that matches our dining room. Hurray! More wood to strip!
Rob bought a battery operated saw to cut the built-in out of the duplex and moved it to our driveway. (Yes, we are starting to look a bit like Sanford & Son.)
We hope to have this repaired and installed in the house. It's a tad wide for the space we have, but we'll get creative on that.