“Restrooms of Cleveland” author picks five of her favorite local bathrooms

Where is the number 1 place to go number 2 in town? "Restrooms of Cleveland" author and photographer Arabella Proffer gives her top picks.

When you read reviews of local restaurants and bars, they may talk about the fare, the staff and the general ambiance. But generally no one mentions the bathroom, unless it’s broken or disgusting.

Arabella Proffer is looking to change that with her newest book, The Restrooms of Cleveland.

What started as a joke hashtag soon became a serious task for Proffer, as she began to photo-document interesting Cleveland-based bathrooms in earnest for her project. Note the term used is “interesting”, not “glamorous” or “dazzling”. While some of these rooms have a unique visual look, others found a spot in the book simply because of how typical they were for an era or capturing a place’s vibe. An all-pink restroom with mis-matched plastic “marble” might be deemed the epitome of “60’s grandma bathroom”.

Check out five of Proffer’s favorite bathrooms in our interview video, and if your interest is piqued, you can order a copy of The Restrooms of Cleveland for yourself at her webstore, and be sure to check out some of her amazing paintings (her non-bathroom-centric job) at her personal website.

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