Privy Exhibit

Places of Ease, Places of Solitude.

Privy. Necessary. Outhouse. Place of Ease.

Call them what you will, these outbuildings were both ubiquitous and essential before the development of indoor plumbing; long a familiar part of the built environment. In some ways these structures constituted small worlds of their own, islands of quiet and solitude.

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum boasts a trio of local 18th century privies, all rescued from uncertain fates.

Connecticut photographer Peter Brown was engaged to look at the privies through their artistic eyes. The resulting study of shape and texture, light and shadow, invites us to revisit these buildings and with them the connections to generations of people who built, used and in the end saved them.