Lunenburg Public Washrooms

31 05 2010

I feel that someone should mention this little building near the harbour at Lunenburg. It looks like a simple fisherman’s cottage and houses the public washrooms.

It is clearly signposted for the visitors and tourists.

What makes this washroom different and special are the painted tiles decorating the walls. An after school project involving 100, Grade 2 to Grade 7 children, took on the painting of these tiles. The young artists walked around Lunenburg and painted houses, churches and flowers. The result is a wonderful art exhibition of Lunenburg’s historic houses.

The tiles are set about eye level, so that everyone can admire them.

I love the cat in the middle picture and there are always friendly cats as you walk around Lunenburg.

Of course the sun always shines in Lunenburg.

The sea also makes a major contribution to the lives of the Lunenburgers.

And aren’t these clouds just wonderful.

While these flowers are beautiful.

Outside, the garden is kept immaculate.

The columbines and hostas give a variety of colour.

There is a great view of the Bluenose Golf Course across the bay.

I have been trying to find more sites mentioning these washrooms, but can only find this site which has this evaluation of Lunenburg.

Bathrooms in town of Lunenburg, Canada , 39 Bluenose Drive, Lunenburg.
Rating:     Excellent
Hours:    Business hours
Gender:    Gender Specific
Fee:    Free
Details:     clean
handicap access
changing table
aesthetically special

Style:     public washroom

Seeing it was rated as excellent, I then started to look at public toilets in Scotland that I knew and had visited. Apart from Edinburgh, which should have top rated washrooms, along with Prestwick,  Musselburgh, Kyle of Lochalsh and Port Patrick, most were rated ‘Good’, with Kirkcaldy getting a ‘Horrible’,  Anstruther a ‘Bad’ and even Perth and St Andrew’s  being not too appealing.

Check them and other countries out for yourself.

I did like this Reader’s Choice though, in Missouri.

This was the description.

The Shoji Tabuchi Theatre, Branson, Missouri, USA

Branson, Missouri, features a bathroom Valhalla, otherwise known as the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre.  No high tech gizmos, no sleek Feng Sui, only good old-fashioned hedonism.  The women’s room has a fountain, wainscoting, stained glass appointments and an Empire tin ceiling.  Live orchids lay nestled at every granite and onyx pedestal sink. The fixtures are carved from black Italian marble and gold.  Voluminous chandeliers soar overhead.  The air is fragrant with 80,000 fresh violets (used per month).  But in this glut of material luxury, simple needs are remembered–a rocking chair is placed at the changing nook.
The gents facility is equally gorgeous yet manly with black lion head sinks, black leather chairs and a marble fireplace.  The burled walnut mirror was built in 1868.  Men can bond over the hand-carved mahogany billiard table.

Over 50 readers sent rave reviews of this bathroom.

This is perhaps a bit over the top for Lunenburg. I think I prefer the simplicity of the children’s painted tiles. What do you think?




2 responses

2 06 2010

Wow, this is special. I love that are on walls. It is great idea.

My opinion is that the quality of washrooms is showing how civilised people are!!! Photo from Aquilegia is very nice. We have had them here on our small garden.

I take my hat off when thinking what a post You made. The idea of it gorgeous.

2 06 2010

Thank you for your kind comments, Matti. It’s funny how something as simple as a washroom leads me to make a Blog. I love the delicate shape of the Aquilegia and we had lots of them in our garden in Scotland, all very different colours. They seemed to keep seeding themselves. Have a great holiday.

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