Harvard Square Public Toilet

                                          Mock Drawing

April 27, 2015

The public toilet is expected to arrive in the area (shipped from Washington State) in mid-May.  After the installation is complete, we expect the toilet to be fully operational in June 2015.


April 15, 2015

This week crews will continue performing test pits on Mt. Auburn Street in preparation for sidewalk and roadway reconstruction.


April 6, 2015

This week, crews will be performing test pits near the location of the public toilet.


Fall 2014/Winter 2015

Crews will not perform any major work on the public toilet this winter.  Weather permitting, crews may perform some utility work in advance of the spring installation.  Major work will resume in the spring 2015.


October 16, 2014

During the week of October 20, the city’s contractor, Newport Construction, will mobilize to perform the utility work necessary for the new public toilet to be installed in MacArthur Square near Church St. The new facility, which is modeled after the “Portland Loo” of Portland, Oregon, is a simple, sturdy, graffiti-resistant, flush toilet kiosk, located on the sidewalk along MacArthur Square.


June 4, 2014

On Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM inside of the Starbucks Harvard Yard, 2nd Floor (1380 Massachusetts Ave), the Department of Public Works will host a community meeting to discuss the Harvard Square public toilet project. For more information, please view the official notice under the "Documents" tab. 


In April and May, the city's contractor will begin to perform the necessary utility and site work for the toilet installation.  We expect the toilet to be installed and fully operational in June 2015.

Please check back for updates.

The City will install a new public toilet in MacArthur Park near Church St later this summer. Modeled after the “Portland Loo” of Portland, Oregon, the public toilet will be the first of its kind in Cambridge.

The facility is a simple, sturdy, graffiti-resistant, flush toilet kiosk, located on the sidewalk (see photo). The toilets are free to the public and accessible 24 hours per day. These facilities provide the community with a clean, safe and environmentally-friendly restroom


  • Toilet Location
  • Design Features
  • Mock Drawing

City of Cambridge - Dept. of Public Works
147 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

For more information on these projects or to receive future updates related to construction in Harvard Square
via email, please contact Chris Neil, Community Relations Manager at cneil@cambridgema.gov or 617.349.4825.


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