I'm looking at buying an old house (200 years old) with a center chimney.
In the granite block basement, the chimney is built on top of a stack of granite blocks. My first reaction is that the whole thing is rediculous, and that no way is this adequate. After asking around, seems this is not uncommon in old houses. It's been fine for 200 years right?
Anyone see this before? The chimney looks to be sound, and the home inspector thinks it is fine. Could this have any advantages, other than saving costs on bricks when granite was cheap and plentiful?
See picture here: http://www.fongemie.com/1.jpg
Thanks for any input.