Re: No Overhead Lighting
I have found that if a house was built pre-electricity, there will be old points of access to run new ceiling box wiring. The electrician who wired it 100 years ago will have removed some floorboards to create paths to the ceiling boxes below. So, IOW, you access from above. If you can open up these old paths you can easily run new cable. It's a lot easier than tearing up ceilings. The floorboards are usually just set back down with a few finish nails, the grooves of the T&G will have been broken off. This has saved us a lot of time in the past, retracing the old-timer's work.
Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.