Public convenience stations are necessary only in the business, theatrical and shopping districts of large cities and at public parks, recreation piers and like places of public assemblage. In the shopping, theatrical and business districts those corners or crossings where traffic is greatest will be found most desirable places for location of the stations. If there is a public square near by or a gore plot, such as is formed by the intersection of three or more streets or two streets at less than right angles, the public convenience station may well occupy this gore plot.

It may be laid down as a rule from which there can be no deviation without entailing loss and trouble that no public convenience station should be erected without making provision for an attendant and having some one in charge during the hours the building is open to the public. It is a fact, born of experience, that petty thieves will pilfer and vandals destroy the fittings and fixtures in public convenience stations as fast as they can be repaired or replaced if somebody is not in attendance to watch them. It will prove a matter of economy, therefore, instead of building several small one or two-fixture, dark, cold and illy lighted apologies in a district, to build one good substantial station, well lighted, comfortably heated, freely ventilated and perfectly sanitary in all respects, then put some one in charge to superintend the plant.

Heating and ventilation are two features which must be well considered in the planning of a public convenience station. Without heat not only does it entail discomfort on the attendant and visitors, but further exposes the piping and fixtures to the danger of being damaged by the frost. If the building is not well ventilated, on the other hand, people will refuse to avail themselves of its doubtful advantages.