The walls in the kitchen had to be taken down to the studs.
Here you can see some of the original lathe. Rob wanted to plaster the kitchen, like we did with the walls in the basement, but the contractor convinced him we would be getter off going with drywall.
The metal tube you are looking at is the temp placement for the exhaust fan. We haven't had one the whole time we've lived here, so I'm hoping this well keep me from setting off the smoke detectors.