We are gutting most of our kitchen. One section at a time. My wife wants the old chimney exposed. So, we took the wall and lath down. I found these thick posts on the corners of the chimney. They are about 3x3 post. Are they structure? Or, were they just added to attach the lath to and close in the chimney? Are they holding up the second floor? There is a completed bathroom above the kitchen and I don't want it landing on my turkey sandwich.
I've been told by to others that are rehabbing their old houses that it's ok to remove them. I'm just nervous.