I think at one point our chimney was trying to escape. There's a BIG crack along the entire chimney line in the office wall, and the plaster is even pushed out about 1/4". It's not something a bunch of plaster washers can fix, since there's absoloutely no give in the wall. Our chimney just moved and took the wall with it.
The chimney movement seems to have happened pretty early in the Prairie Box's life. The lovely 1940s-ish wallpaper was covering the crack, as was the painted "liner paper" (for lack of a better term) that is in every room in the house. But, underneath the liner paper was a strip of fabric tape. Also, the walls in here were originally painted turquoise, not naked plaster like the living room and hallway.
But the good news is that I have 3.5 walls that are wallpaper-free.I'll be done this afternoon (woohoo!!). I also have an appointment with a plaster/drywall man tomorrow evening. I'll wait to talk to him before priming anything, since these walls were originally painted. But between then and now, all I have to do is take off the woodwork and drive it over to the Strip Shoppe. How wonderful not to have to do it myself!!