Jon Crispin's Notebook

Men’s Room, Stockbridge Hall, UMASS

Posted in Architecture, bathrooms, Buildings, public toilets, restrooms, toilets by joncrispin on 22/03/2015

I was really happy to have an assignment in Stockbridge Hall today.  It gave me the chance to visit one of the best public toilets in the area.  The building was built in 1915, and most of this room seems original.  One of the sinks on the left is missing but the space is otherwise mostly intact.  Look at those urinals! / Here is a different angle↓.

It is really rare to find a bathroom in an institutional setting that hasn’t been completely destroyed by modernization.  This room would be so easy to restore to its original state, but given that it is on the grounds of a public university, that is something that will probably never happen.  Several years ago I shot a 360° panorama in here, and unbeknownst to me, there was a guy in one of the stalls!

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  1. Brad Edmondson said, on 23/03/2015 at 7:41 am

    You are a very strange person but also a national treasure. Yes, it must be saved.

  2. marketing4introverts said, on 23/03/2015 at 11:27 am

    Never having been in a men’s room, that was an eye-opener for me! I so like it that you think everything is interesting. Dhyan

  3. Foust Foust Foust said, on 23/03/2015 at 4:00 pm

    The women’s room at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC is also pretty spectacular. Maybe you can get a female chaperone to take you there.

    • joncrispin said, on 24/03/2015 at 9:11 am

      I wonder what the Gents looks like there. Thanks for the tip. Jon

  4. Tania M said, on 23/03/2015 at 5:02 pm

    Although I am a woman, I have seen the inside of a few men’s rooms, and I find this one incredibly interesting. I love the originality of it.

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