A Laudable 1946 McMansion

1108 Premier Wy SW in Calgary, for sale in early 2018. It's an interesting look at how an earlier generation with (arguably) more money than sense built a dream home. I find myself strangely drawn to it.
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Bed room of the guest suite, looking into the sitting room.  "Flex Rooms" indeed.

Bed room of the guest suite, looking into the sitting room. "Flex Rooms" indeed.

I have to think that entertaining was very much front-of-mind when designing this level-- a private dance floor makes little sense, otherwise.

I have to think that entertaining was very much front-of-mind when designing this level-- a private dance floor makes little sense, otherwise.

If the "Den/Office" is at all like the library, I would emerge only when the absolute demands of life forced me to. Whoever put this thing up in 1946, while they may have been a little silly in some areas, got this bit exactly right.

If the "Den/Office" is at all like the library, I would emerge only when the absolute demands of life forced me to. Whoever put this thing up in 1946, while they may have been a little silly in some areas, got this bit exactly right.

According to the floor plan, this is the study. I don't see room for the requisite minimum wingback leather chair, let alone a small reading desk.  I'd call it the lower library.  And also MY PRIVATE SPACE GO AWAY I'M WITH THE BOOKS, were it possible.

According to the floor plan, this is the study. I don't see room for the requisite minimum wingback leather chair, let alone a small reading desk. I'd call it the lower library. And also MY PRIVATE SPACE GO AWAY I'M WITH THE BOOKS, were it possible.

Hey... floor-plan, you're drunk.  To call this "storage room" is an act of lunacy.

Hey... floor-plan, you're drunk. To call this "storage room" is an act of lunacy.

Trouble me not with facts about the inefficiency and danger of spiral staircases.  It's my life, and I will live it how I choose.

Trouble me not with facts about the inefficiency and danger of spiral staircases. It's my life, and I will live it how I choose.

"Bedroom Two" on the plan, either because it's at the front or has more closet.

"Bedroom Two" on the plan, either because it's at the front or has more closet.

"Bedroom Three" I find appealing, because the furniture reminds me of my grandparents house, which was kitted up in the late 1950s.

"Bedroom Three" I find appealing, because the furniture reminds me of my grandparents house, which was kitted up in the late 1950s.

I hope to heavens that's an air return above the shelves and not an inlet.  I haven't seen any other insanely mounted vents in the place, so that's probably the case (note to people in hot climates; floor level is what makes sense for forced air systems in Canada-- we deal with more cold than hot).

I hope to heavens that's an air return above the shelves and not an inlet. I haven't seen any other insanely mounted vents in the place, so that's probably the case (note to people in hot climates; floor level is what makes sense for forced air systems in Canada-- we deal with more cold than hot).

I have a horror of shower doors as part of a bath-tub.  They make it damn hard to rest book, drink, and snack on the edge of the tub.  That's just one of the sins committed against this bathroom in the name of "updating," of course. Good heavens... there's a bidet in the excretion nook!

I have a horror of shower doors as part of a bath-tub. They make it damn hard to rest book, drink, and snack on the edge of the tub. That's just one of the sins committed against this bathroom in the name of "updating," of course. Good heavens... there's a bidet in the excretion nook!

I find myself wondering why, with the rec room below, the family room deeper in, and the sitting room above, this living room exists.    I guess if one HAS to let an unwelcome visitor in, like a poll-taker, it would be the place to deal with them.  Not much living, really. And yet... there's access to the library here, and NOT in the family room.  Weird.

I find myself wondering why, with the rec room below, the family room deeper in, and the sitting room above, this living room exists. I guess if one HAS to let an unwelcome visitor in, like a poll-taker, it would be the place to deal with them. Not much living, really. And yet... there's access to the library here, and NOT in the family room. Weird.

The family room... has no books.  This disturbs me.  However, the ongoing theme of not painting the woodwork keeps horror from setting in, and... well, they're not the sconces I'd choose, but I think sconces are a good idea.

The family room... has no books. This disturbs me. However, the ongoing theme of not painting the woodwork keeps horror from setting in, and... well, they're not the sconces I'd choose, but I think sconces are a good idea.

That little hatch on the left lets into the sadly unpictured "Den/Office" and I can only think it's there for Dad to through open and shout at the kids for being so damn loud, why can't you play outside?  I may be unfair.  Maybe it's the family room access to the den's liquor.

That little hatch on the left lets into the sadly unpictured "Den/Office" and I can only think it's there for Dad to through open and shout at the kids for being so damn loud, why can't you play outside? I may be unfair. Maybe it's the family room access to the den's liquor.

The positive aspect of this carpet; in the dining room, no one will notice the odd spill.

The positive aspect of this carpet; in the dining room, no one will notice the odd spill.

The pass-through to the kitchen never, I'm sure, left anyone feeling like the service staff of the family.  Heck, if this were my place, I think I would call "ORDER UP!" through it when bringing over the Thanksgiving roast creature, for the sake of whimsy.

The pass-through to the kitchen never, I'm sure, left anyone feeling like the service staff of the family. Heck, if this were my place, I think I would call "ORDER UP!" through it when bringing over the Thanksgiving roast creature, for the sake of whimsy.

The lower foyer, which I have to think is the more used one.  Lamentably, that tile is about the best non-wood flooring in the house, at least as far as looking at it goes.  This is the first of many pictures, particularly for this floor, when one ponders what it might have been like when first built.  A least no one painted the woodwork.

The lower foyer, which I have to think is the more used one. Lamentably, that tile is about the best non-wood flooring in the house, at least as far as looking at it goes. This is the first of many pictures, particularly for this floor, when one ponders what it might have been like when first built. A least no one painted the woodwork.

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