I Photographed The Best And Worst Restrooms Around Cleveland (52 Pics)

Somebody once said that to understand society at a given point in time, look at their restrooms.

That somebody was me. I don’t know if it is true because I just made that up, but it can certainly feel like the decor and functionality of restrooms, both public and private, say a lot about us and the times we are living in – even if the restroom itself is stuck in time. Do you prefer them looking sterile and harsh? Cozy and kitschy? Luxurious to a fault? Basic and no-frills? High-tech? Perhaps you prefer them done with decor that makes no sense, executed with reckless abandon for any and all design rules as though a monkey on amphetamines went through a curbside dumpster and thought, “yes, this will be perfect!”

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jamie1707 2 days agooh dear god! someone slipped me some brown acid!

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For five years, I’ve been documenting the restrooms around Cleveland that I happened to find myself in. It started as a joke on Instagram, and just kept going. I can’t quite articulate what the criteria were, but my gut always told me when it was something worth a photo. These are interiors that rarely get documented unless they are designed as “selfie bait”. Sure, some restrooms clearly had a big budget, but it is always interesting to see what can be done with a meager budget. Documenting is important because you never know what will be gone tomorrow.

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Night Owl 1 day agoI’d spend too much time in there

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Krazy Kanuck 1 day agoSitting high on the throne

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In the short number of years since I started this project as a fun hashtag #restroomsofcleveland, several of these restrooms have been redone or have disappeared completely. The gentrification of cities has erased character and replaced it with subway tiles and Edison bulbs; the rustbelt has been slowly following the “AirSpace” aesthetic much to my disappointment.

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Hazel Beswick 6 hours agoThis should be above the urinals… ohhhh the judgement!

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Reagan James 23 hours agoMy brain is kind of aching right now.

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Bars, theaters, warehouses, grocery stores, private clubs, pinball arcades, museums, schools, churches, furniture stores, and coffee shops are just some of the places you will find in the photo book I compiled – simply titled “The Restrooms of Cleveland.” It is a testament to the fact I hydrate often and have a weak bladder with little regard for location. I wish I had time to tell you my own stories within these facilities; exposed electrical wire, celebrity sightings, girl fights, dance parties, vomit, perfect selfie lighting, and unpaid counseling sessions. There was the time I found myself on my knees under a bride’s dress to fix a mishap, the time I tried desperately to keep the makeshift door closed with one foot while in the dressing room reserved for strippers, and the time a raccoon visited me while minding my own damn business! I’ve seen it all in Cleveland, Ohio, man.

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Reagan James 23 hours ago (edited)So say that when you’ve already walked into the bathroom?

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Bean59 1 day agoGLADYS, WHERE DID YOU PUT THE CHAINSAW?

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bananapower_2.0 1 day agolook like the kids got ahold of the makers

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Donna Reynolds 1 day agoAnd I thought the last one was creepy.

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LaDonna Hulcy 2 days agoI Love this one!

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Amy Smith 1 day agoThis looks like the ladies in the old Montague Arms in New Cross

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NAOMI CORBALEY 1 day ago😑😕 da- faq?

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EllieGirl 12 hours agowhat is he or she so afraid of?

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Bean59 1 day agoWho threw up in the sink

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NAOMI CORBALEY 1 day agothis looks like the mens bathroom

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Bob Beltcher 8 hours agoBut what if someone is blind. The only way they would know is to feel up each bust.

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Reagan James 22 hours agoI like it!

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Karin Gibson 1 day agoI love the bentwood chair.

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Kathy Smith 1 day agoLooks like an old elevator.

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Annemarie Mattheyse 1 day agoI love the black-and-white/teal combination. It’s very calming, somehow.

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Molly Porter 1 day agoThis one looks normal

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EllieGirl 1 day agothe sign

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Let’s All Just Try And Be Decent 5 hours agoKind of obviously a dressing room for actors to get ready for theatre shows…. not a bathroom. I’m

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Night Owl 1 day agoThe (probably plastic) flowers are a nice touch

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Molly Porter 1 day agoThe wood is so pretty on this one

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glowworm2 1 day agoIs this a bathroom for clowns?

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jamie1707 2 days agoThat is a cool radiator.

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Bob Beltcher 7 hours agoMaking drywall damage fun

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ZoeIsHahaha 14 hours agoAhh I see what they’re doing they’re trying to sell

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Donna Reynolds 1 day agoGrandma says “Did you wash your hands”?

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Annette Christopherson 12 hours agoDifferent perspectives.

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E Menendez 1 day agoThat’s a lot of soap for one sink.

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Bean59 1 day agolooks like rey’s lightsaber

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Bean59 1 day agolet me just throw mysel off a cliff…

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Kathy Smith 1 day agoI love that old sink.

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Annette Christopherson 12 hours agoSeeing double.

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What’s In Your Head? 1 day agoAre those old drops of blood? o___O

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Bean59 1 day agohow does a picture on the wall make the bathroom interesting…?

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