We removed the ceiling fan. It was basically just screwed into the ceiling with a surface mounted bracket. No fixture box, at all. We had heard a story about how the ceiling fan fell down on to the dining table of some people that were renting the house. I’m not really surprised.
In order to install a fixture box, I had to open up a bit of the ceiling.
Looking up into the opening, you can see the old knob & tube wiring. This is the wiring that was supplying the ceiling fan. Also, if you look closely, you can see the old gas piping.
This is a shot inside the ceiling cavity, facing west. The old wires and the gas pipe is visible.
This is a shot inside the ceiling cavity, facing east. I wonder what that strange object is?