I'm trying to figure out if that's the logic here? As Goldman prepares to move into its new headquarters, the Observer's Max Abelson looks back on the history of 85 Broad. This is what former managing director George Doty had to say of the place:
Even the toilets were placed just so. "When we set up an enormous trading room, we deliberately built it on one floor and had only one men's room," Mr. Doty told the writer Charles D. Ellis. Besides the excellent egalitarianism, he explained, having just one bathroom made it easier to hear rumors, "to be persistently diligent on small troubles."
Someone tried to explain it to me that "the idea is that the important fellas like Doty would normally have their own bathroom, but instead they would hang with the plebeians and listen in." Is that it? They pissed in the same trough so they could find out who was banging whose secretary? Otherwise I got nothing.