The Down-low

9 Nov

Acts of architectural daring are one of the few lasting memorials that will keep a name on people’s tongues – art, fashion, entertainment; all of these may pass into history based on the fickle opinion of the public, but, build a two-story bathroom and people will remember you.

From wikipedia (emphasis mine):

The Hooper-Bowler-Hillstrom House was built in 1871 in Belle Plaine, Minnesota by Sandford A. Hooper […] In 1886, it conveyed to Samuel Bowler, a founder of the State Bank of Belle Plaine and lumber-yard owner. Bowler added a new kitchen, buttery, and a five-hole, two-story outhouse that is connected to the house via a skyway.

I’m no outhouse expert, but five holes just seems decadent – I mean, for an outhouse.

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3 Responses to “The Down-low”

  1. bmj2k November 9, 2010 at 12:54 #

    OK, that clearly says “outhouse,” right? As in “no plumbing, waste drops through a hole in the floor into a ditch,” right? I just have to be sure because I will NEVER sit on the first floor of that outhouse.

    • JRD Skinner November 9, 2010 at 12:59 #

      My first thought exactly, but apparently there’s a false wall in the ground level room that allows, uh, uninterrupted flow/usage.

      • bmj2k November 9, 2010 at 15:51 #

        I commend this man on his ingenius lazyness.

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