Brick shithouse

Tuesday, August 27th, 2002 - 1:10 pm PDT

The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith today became the proud owner of an abandoned brick shithouse. The historic landmark was the first of its kind in California when it was originally built in 1847, and saw extensive use during the Mexican-American war. “It’s a bit of a fixer-upper I’ll admit,” said Smith “but if no one bought it, the town was just going to tear it down and put in a Starbucks. So I ask you: what would you rather have in your town, a brick shithouse or another Starbucks?”