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New Retro Washroom Digs at Larkin Square

A new building is being constructed in Larkinville, for purposes that you might not guess. It’s a public washroom/bathroom that will be open to visitors during Larkin Square events.

While this might not initially appear to be a heavy hitting development, it does show that the events at Larkin Square have become so popular that a permanent bathroom was warranted. And this is not your ordinary bathroom per se. Once complete it will feature a warm, clean place for guys and gals to do their business, complete with running water (formerly Porta Pottys were used), skylights, and designated “third” area for families to use.

In true Larkinville fashion, the building will stand out, with its retro seafoam glazed brick facade (very Miami-ish), and a pink highlight ribbon running through either end. The interior color aesthetics will play off the building’s exterior.

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Ever since Larkin Square opened to the public, Porta Pottys have been used during events. It was a needed temporary fix until the permanent bath/washroom could be built. The new building is located directly next to the pickleball courts, with a path leading from the mini golf course (being reinstalled in 2016).

The inaugural flush will take place during Larkinville’s Winter Festival on Saturday, January 30, 2016. It’s then that people will truly understand the luxurious conveniences that are underway. Have you ever had to drop your drawers (snow pants) in a Porta Potty in the middle of winter? If so, then you know how handy and welcome these new bathroom digs will be.

Written by queenseyes

queenseyes

Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Northbuff

    Great idea and looks good, I hope Canalside will be getting one in the need future.

  • BeardedBuffalonian

    I hope it was going to be a Roman style bath 🙁

  • Steven J. Carnevale

    There are bathrooms which are now block off in Lafayette square too. I am guessing few know they exist!

  • Steven J. Carnevale

    There are bathrooms which are now block off in Lafayette square too. I am guessing few know they exist!

  • Lake Effect

    Maybe they can run a shuttle from Canalside. Faster, lighter, cheaper, right?

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  • LouisTully

    Larkinville > ECHDC.
    Maybe the ECHDC can make it easy and just put in some temporary pee tubes.  Can go right next to the temporary tent.

  • i guess “retro” is cool but “victorian” is disney and therefore uncool.

  • i guess “retro” is cool but “victorian” is disney and therefore uncool.

  • Liberland4Life

    LouisTully Can someone photoshop Tim Tielman using one of those?

  • Liberland4Life

    LouisTully Can someone photoshop Tim Tielman using one of those?

  • Davvid

    grad94 It seems like many Buffalonians need some amount of nostalgia in order to allow themselves to enjoy a design idea. At least 1920-1940s is closer to 2015 than 1850-1900. Thats progress.

  • Carrie Noe

    Please tell me Canalside Buffalo is next!!!

  • Carrie Noe

    Please tell me Canalside Buffalo is next!!!

  • OldFirstWard

    When in doubt, whip it out.

  • OldFirstWard

    Davvid
    “At least 1920-1940s is closer to 2015 than 1850-1900. Thats progress.”
    As compared to dumping a pail of slop into the stagnant slow moving Hydraulic Canal back in its day.

  • Nicole Renee Pauley

    I wish SOMEONE would plan for more female serving stalls versus male serving stalls- PLANNERS NEVER GET IT RIGHT! There are always more females needing relief than males- ALWAYS!

  • Nicole Renee Pauley

    I wish SOMEONE would plan for more female serving stalls versus male serving stalls- PLANNERS NEVER GET IT RIGHT! There are always more females needing relief than males- ALWAYS!

  • Warren Gene Gilfus

    I hear and read so much about Larkin Square but have no idea where this area is in downtown Buffalo. Love Buffalo and will be visiting many times next summer.

  • Warren Gene Gilfus

    I hear and read so much about Larkin Square but have no idea where this area is in downtown Buffalo. Love Buffalo and will be visiting many times next summer.

  • eagercolin

    “And this is not your ordinary bathroom per se. Once complete it will
    feature a warm, clean place for guys and gals to do their business,
    complete with running water (formerly Porta Pottys were used),
    skylights, and designated “third” area for families to use.”
    How is this not an ordinary bathroom? In reality, it *is* an ordinary bathroom, in contrast to the current set up.

    Per se.

  • jstraubinger

    OldFirstWard Are you worried that you can no longer recognize who is who? Don’t worry, the Adam’s Apple is a dead giveaway!

  • Davvid
    good point but i respectfully disagree.  there are superb design ideas & solutions from all cultures & time periods. declaring some periods out of bounds while fawning over others is simple faddishness.

  • paulbuffalo

    eagercolin 
    You have obviously been exposed to a level of restroom ambience that Queenseyes hasn’t yet encountered.  It’s clear that you travel in the rarified world of restrooms with running water but that’s no reason to call him out for not having first hand knowledge of cutting edge restroom technology… per se.

  • paulbuffalo

    eagercolin 
    You have obviously been exposed to a level of restroom ambience that Queenseyes hasn’t yet encountered.  It’s clear that you travel in the rarified world of restrooms with running water but that’s no reason to call him out for not having first hand knowledge of cutting edge restroom technology… per se.

  • BeardedBuffalonian

    LouisTully 
    I used those in Afghanistan for months (minus any privacy). Nothing like whipping it out in the middle of your base while all your buddies walk by. It’s all fun and games until the urine starts creeping to the surface and soaks the ground completely

  • Davvid

    grad94 Davvid We’ve always borrowed but I think there is a difference between learning from the past and pretending to be of the past. Its the pretending that I think is problematic. 
    Ada Louis Huxtable said it much better than I can: The Unreal America: Architecture and Illusion (https://www.nytimes.com/books/first/h/huxtable-unreal.html)

  • WeAreTheNormal

    eagercolin It wouldn’t be an ordinary bathroom if it used the three seashells from “Demolition Man.”

  • Davvid
    props for the link.  huxtable is an outstanding writer and deserves a wider audience but her essay doesn’t answer my original question: why are recreations of the ’50s acceptable but recreations of some earlier decade are not?
    we’ve been seeing craftsman-revival new-builds for some time without an ounce of protest from purists.

  • Sudden Debt

    Is this being built with public funds, private funds, or a combination of both?

  • greenca

    Sudden Debt
    Considering it’s on private land, serving private (non government-sponsored) functions, I’d bet it’s being built with private funds.

  • greenca

    Sudden Debt
    Considering it’s on private land, serving private (non government-sponsored) functions, I’d bet it’s being built with private funds.

  • Rodney Copperbottom

    So they can do Larkinville, but hey… forget CanalSide, they have to put up with millions of stinky porta-potties, or waddle their behinds to either The Hatch or Tim Horton’s… or a nearby tree if they want to relieve themselves. 
    Good job, Buffalo. Although it’s a step in the right direction, you really need to consider the more popular spot.

  • Rodney Copperbottom

    On a separate note.
    That green brick is UGLY as all hell. 
    That’s the kind of brick that’s usually ripped down & replaced with something else.

  • Rodney Copperbottom I am pretty sure that Larkinville gets attendance in the thousands for events. Its a bathroom. You sure have a chip on your shoulder about bathrooms. (⊙_⊙)

  • Rodney Copperbottom

    GroveyClevesYall Rodney Copperbottom I like to urinate in humane locations. What can I say?

  • JSmith11

    eagercolin The skylight sounds a bit extraordinary. Watch out for camera drones!

  • JSmith11

    It is about a mile east of downtown, where Seneca and Swan intersect.

  • OldHayesHall

    Women just take longer….

  • paulbuffalo

    grad94 Davvid 
    Grad, buyers generally want more open floor plans, natural daylight, and lower-maintenance exteriors.  Where does Victorian fit into that aspect of supply and demand?  I’m sure there are other folks like you but I have to say that I’ve never met anyone wanting a Victorian new build.

  • paulbuffalo
    good question. i’m not arguing for a victorian at this site, i am questioning why some revival styles are acceptable (’50s modern, arts & crafts) while others are vilified (victorian).
    oh, and for what its worth, there are homebuyers who are building neo-victorians.
    http://www.thehousedesigners.com/victorian-house-plans/

  • paulbuffalo
    good question. i’m not arguing for a victorian at this site, i am questioning why some revival styles are acceptable (’50s modern, arts & crafts) while others are vilified (victorian).
    oh, and for what its worth, there are homebuyers who are building neo-victorians.
    http://www.thehousedesigners.com/victorian-house-plans/

  • jazzfan

    Can you say Beltline?

  • buffalopundit

    eagercolin #ThisToiletMatters