A Peek at the Beadboard
Then I cut a small square in the drywall at about eye level at the back of the closet and saw beadboard there, too. That's higher than chair rail height, so I suspect the beadboard goes all the way up, like it does under the staircase and in the stairwell.
This intact beadboard is one more sign to me that the Parkins - who bought the house in 1969 and did most of the updating - respected the age of the house. They added tile and drywall in the bathroom - but the beadboard is still there behind them. They put down carpet - but it's only double-sided taped to the floor, not stapled. They installed cabinets and vinyl in the kitchen - but the original blue-painted trim and wood floor are still there behind and underneath. And I bet if we went outside and ripped off the aluminum siding, we'd find perfectly intact clapboard underneath.