Marcel, I have seen the same thing in older buildings up here fwiw,
I knew I could not be the only one to have seen this type of Construction.
We’ve got a downtown full of brick bearing walls.
You got that right Larry;
My Company is right now finishing a Re-hab for Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where we totally took out all four floors and the roof system on a building that is 120 years old. The only thing standing and reused was the brick walls which consisted of four bricks thick at the bottom to two bricks thick at the roof line. SOLID BRICK. Mortar, well, you know, they old stuff made with lime. ha. ha.