Bathrooms as status symbol.

What we build.
Jan. 10 2007 6:35 AM

Flushed With Pride

How the bathroom became America's latest status symbol.

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Witold Rybczynski is Slate's architecture critic His latest book is The Biography of a Building: How Robert Sainsbury and Norman Foster Built a Great Museum. Visit his Web site. Follow him on Twitter.