James Pharmacy

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James Pharmacy
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James Pharmacy is located in Connecticut
James Pharmacy
James Pharmacy is located in the US
James Pharmacy
Location 2 Pennywise Ln., Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°17′9″N 72°22′35″W / 41.28583°N 72.37639°W / 41.28583; -72.37639Coordinates: 41°17′9″N 72°22′35″W / 41.28583°N 72.37639°W / 41.28583; -72.37639
Area .25 acres (0.10 ha)
Built 1820 (1820)
Architectural style Federal and Colonial Revival
Part of Old Saybrook South Green (#76001984)
NRHP Reference # 94000845[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 5, 1994
Designated CP September 3, 1976

The James Pharmacy is a historic building at 2 Pennywise Lane in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. It is a two story wood frame structure, built in an evolutionary fashion beginning c. 1820. The building combines a residential space and a retail one, and has a predominantly Colonial Revival character now. This character is largely due to alterations made by Anna James, the owner of the pharmacy 1918-44. Anna James (1886-1977) was the first African-American woman pharmacist in the state, and was a well-known local fixture of the community. It is also the birthplace and childhood home of author Ann Petry, who was James' niece.[1][2]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.[1] It is a contributing element in the Old Saybrook South Green district.[2]

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