Greenhouses

In Lestrygonians, thinking that "All kinds of places are good for ads," Bloom approves of the cleverness of placing gonorrhea treatment posters in a place where men experience the effects of the disease: "That quack doctor for the clap used to be stuck up in all the greenhouses." Greenhouses were public urinals sited at heavily trafficked spots on Dublin's streets. The name, now long forgotten, derived from the fact that these structures were painted green. Although intended only for men (letters above the entrance, visible in the second photograph shown here, said "GENTLEMEN ONLY"), Molly once used one in an emergency. Another shows up in Wandering Rocks, possibly as an occasion for anti-imperial mockery only two sentences after a similar insult involving sewers.

JH 2020

2009 photograph by Colin Adamson of the decorative iron urinal on Bristol's Horfield Common, now permanently locked. Source: www.geograph.org.uk.

Photograph, author and date unknown, of a greenhouse on Eden Quay, held in the Wiltshire collection of the National Library of Ireland. Source: www.olddublintown.com.

Photograph, author and date unknown, of a greenhouse on Wood Quay, looking north across the Liffey to the Four Courts.  Source: www.olddublintown.com.

Color photograph, author and date unknown, of the greenhouse on Ormond Quay. Source: www.olddublintown.com.

Photograph of the converted pissoir in Sandymount after Hurricane Charlie in 1986. Source: www.olddublintown.com.