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How Convenient! #11

Corner Market Place/Sturdee Street

Corner Market Place/Sturdee Street

Yesterday was a day of open heritage loos: the Auckland Council has identified five public toilets as suitable for redevelopment, and is seeking ideas and expressions of interest in order to “rejuvenate these city locations, restore and celebrate heritage buildings, and generate a rental income for Auckland Council“. (These aims listed, I presume, in increasing order of importance.)

Three of them were open for inspection yesterday (none of them are in operation any more): the island corner of Market Place and Sturdee Street, the underground male toilet in Customs Street outside the Galleria, and the underground female toilet in Wellesley Street opposite of the Library. (The remaining two are Sandringham and Kingsland, both in art deco style, and shown on this blog earlier on.)

A fine cultural history of Auckland’s heritage toilets, entitled “Caught Short”, can be found on the Auckland Council website.

Underground Custom Street

Underground Custom Street

Underground Custom Street

Underground Custom Street

Wellesley Street

Wellesley Street

3 Comments

  1. I recognize the outside of that public loo, although I’ve never been inside, I wonder how old it is?

  2. LOL! I thought I was the only one who took pictures of toilets and posted them online, in particular CDP. Note a recent post about porta-potties at the Fire Camp. I have a bunch from France and Italy, too, but I can’t post them on my Walla Walla blog. C’est dommage.

  3. Toilets can be heritage items?

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