The Best Damn Bathrooms in the Land: No. 8, Curl Hall's First Floor

By David Wertheim on April 11, 2020 at 11:05 am
Curl Hall at The Ohio State University
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? 

#8, Curl Market First Floor

We continue our countdown with Curl Hall, a multi-purpose building located on Woodruff just across the street from Ramseyer Hall, which was featured in an earlier episode of this series. 

The building was named for Lt. Col. James G. Curl of the U.S. Army. Curl, who graduated from Ohio State in 1940, was a decorated member of the Army Air Forces, earning the Silver Star for his service. He was killed while piloting a fighter plane in 1945.

The building features meeting spaces on the second floor, as well as a dining hall on the first floor which houses options such as Subway-style sandwiches, Chipotle-style burritos, and a full pasta/salad bar. With those food options, a good bathroom is obviously necessary.

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 Curl Hall, that was an emphatic “yes” for me.

Curl's bathroom is basically square-shaped. It is very large and features a large translucent window on the east side. There are two stalls (one large, one smaller), and a few urinals. The sinks are on the south side of the bathroom.

The supplies are always well-stocked, and the dining hall is open the latest of any on campus during the week (11:00 p.m.), making it an easy emergency stop if necessary. And with its proximity to High Street as well as its central location just north of the oval, it is in one of the more prime spots to receive heavy student traffic. Despite the heavy traffic, however, it remains clean. The bathroom is not hard to find whatsoever, as it is basically a straight shot when you walk in the front door. 

The one knock on this bathroom would be that because the window is translucent, there isn't a whole lot of light at night, as you don't get any real street light and the artificial light isn't great either.

Overall, it's a very solid, well-rounded bathroom, and good enough for the eight spot in our rankings.

Rating: 90/100

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