Bondurant's Pharmacy

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Bondurant's Pharmacy
General information
Architectural style Novelty architecture
Location Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Coordinates 38°2′52″N 84°32′58″W / 38.04778°N 84.54944°W / 38.04778; -84.54944Coordinates: 38°2′52″N 84°32′58″W / 38.04778°N 84.54944°W / 38.04778; -84.54944
Inaugurated 1974
Owner Eric Brewer[citation needed]
Height 30 ft (9 m)
Diameter 32 ft (10 m)
Design and construction
Architect Daniel M. Brewer[citation needed]

Bondurant's Pharmacy is a pharmacy that operated from 1974 to 2011, and is notable for being built in the shape of a giant mortar and pestle, a common tool of the pharmacist. The building is located on Village Drive near Versailles Road (US 60) in Lexington, Kentucky.[1] The pharmacy closed in May 2011, with Walgreens acquiring its customer files.[2] The building now houses a liquor store.[3]

The pestle projects ten feet above the building which is thirty feet high. It has a diameter of about thirty two feet.[4] There are two drive-thru windows, along with parking spaces for customers who want to walk into the store. The second floor was initially designed as an apartment for the pharmacist.

This example of mimetic architecture[1] was designed by Daniel M. Brewer for Mr. Joseph A. Bondurant,[citation needed] and the design of the building was covered by a now-expired patent.[clarification needed] The structure was featured in a television programme produced by WQED TV.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Bondurant's". Kentucky: Heritage Council. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Archived from the original on April 1, 2010. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
  2. ^ Clemons, Becca (May 27, 2011). "Walgreens gets Bondurant's Pharmacy's customer files". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "Lexington, Kentucky: Huge Mortar and Pestle". Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  4. ^ McKenzie, Laura (April 20, 2006). "Kentucky offers unique vacation opportunities". Kentucky Kernel, archived at LexisNexis. Retrieved March 23, 2010. (Subscription required (help)).
  5. ^ "Rick Sebak: A Program About Unusual Buildings & Other Roadside Stuff". WQED Multimedia. Retrieved March 23, 2010.