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In national contest, Lucas restroom in Kansas places second

Lucas created a monument making it home of the largest, most blingy toilet in Kansas. It placed second in a national contest for best restroom.
Lucas created a monument making it home of the largest, most blingy toilet in Kansas. It placed second in a national contest for best restroom. Courtesy of Lucas Grassroots Art Center

There is no other way to say it: The public has spoken, and we are No. 2 in the America’s Best Restroom contest.

The public restrooms at Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia were voted No. 1.

The news was announced Wednesday, which was World Toilet Day.

In September, the Grassroots Art Center’s Bowl Plaza in Lucas was selected as one of the finalists in the “Top 10” best restrooms in the nation. The competition is sponsored by Cintas, a company that designs restrooms.

The top restrooms were based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.

In a contest where people could vote for their favorite restroom in the U.S., the tiny Russell County town’s only public restroom quickly rose to the top.

The 407 residents of Lucas banded together in 2008 because there was a need for a public restroom. It took them four years to raise money and design the facility, in the shape of a toilet.

Longwood Gardens’ restrooms in Philadelphia have a “green wall” outside the restrooms, and inside there is etched translucent glass, which provides natural light and minimizes the need for light fixtures. The Fox Theatre in St. Louis placed third in the national contest.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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