The Best Damn Bathrooms in the Land: No. 9, Lawrence Tower's Lobby

By David Wertheim on April 4, 2020 at 11:30 am
Lawrence Tower's lobby bathroom checks in at No. 9 on our list of the Best Damn Bathrooms in the Land at Ohio State
Photo: The Ohio State University

The Best Damn Bathrooms in the Land is Eleven Warriors' necessary and hard-hitting quest to find the best places to go at The Ohio State University.

In my almost three years at Ohio State, I've had the pleasure of using restrooms all over our beautiful campus, from the river to High Street and Lane to King.

But not all bathrooms are created equally, even at The Ohio State University. Some have great natural light. Others have roomy stalls. And others are in prime locations suited for quick access and egress.

I've done the dirty work for you, and have put together a list of the 10 best bathrooms in academic and multi-use buildings on campus.

Best Damn Bathrooms

Counting down Ohio State's 10 Best Bathrooms in the Land.


  • Cleanliness (50 points): Cleanliness is next to godliness.
  • Aesthetics (20 points): Is it inviting? Is it a pleasure to visit?
  • Size (10 points): How big is the bathroom? Does it provide handicap stalls?
  • Location (10 points): Campus bathrooms have to be easy to find.
  • Supply (10 points): Are paper towels, soap, and toilet paper adequately stocked? 

#9, Lawrence Tower's Lobby

We continue our countdown with a special bathroom located in the lobby of Lawrence Tower. One of the more unique buildings on Ohio State's campus, Lawrence Tower is a dorm/dining hall/conference center/parking garage complex on Lane Avenue, just north of St. John Arena

Lawrence Tower, which many alumni know as a former Holiday Inn, was acquired by Ohio State's Campus Partners before the 2009-10 school year and converted into a dorm. At its heart, it still feels a bit like a hotel, though.

The first floor features a vast dining room, individual offices (which are now study spaces), two large ballrooms, laundry facilities, a wet bar (unfortunately not operational) and a rec-room, where the hotel pool once lived.

Unless you've lived there, you probably don't know about it. 

I had the pleasure of living there, on the seventh floor, during the 2018-19 school year.

When you walk into a bathroom, you have to ask yourself a question: Do I want to be here? When it comes to the bathroom in Lawrence Tower, that was an emphatic “yes” for me.

Lawrence is unique in that it is one of the few dorms that offer individual bathrooms for each room (again, another byproduct of it being a former hotel). But of course, you don't want to bomb your living quarters if you don't have to, so that led me to the first floor plenty of times when the situation called for it. 

The bathroom is huge and its location optimal. Last week, some of you said that you would rather have a secretive, hard-to-find bathroom. That can be nice, but in an emergency, you don't have time to be looking around. Lawrence Tower's lobby bathroom is in a place where you have to look, but it's not impossible to find, which I consider ideal on all fronts.

The supplies were always well-stocked, and Lawrence features traditional paper towels instead of blow dryers, which is a plus since dryers on campus are hit or miss. It is aesthetically pleasing, with a beige-cream color scheme that looks very nice. The sinks are also very far away from the toilets, so wash your hands away from any smells.

The one knock on this bathroom would be that it wasn't always impeccably clean, and the lighting is less-than-ideal unless you're going for a late-nighter, in which case the soft light a plus.

Overall, it's a classy bathroom, certainly good enough to crack our top 10.

Rating: 90/100

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