Bondurant's Pharmacy – Lexington, Kentucky - Atlas Obscura

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Bondurant's Pharmacy

A pharmacy built in the shape of a mortar and pestle, now resembles a fancy cocktail.  


A familiar site to Lexington, Kentucky, residents, Bondurant’s Pharmacy was in operation from 1974 to 2011. The pharmacy was designed by founder Joe Bondurant, not surprisingly, after a trip to Las Vegas.

Few remember when pharmacists mixed drugs themselves in antiquated mortar and pestles, crushing and blending chemicals, but Joe Bondurant built a unique pharmacy to evoke smiles from the faces of his patients and passers-by. (The mortar, you’ll notice if you look closely, is modeled on the shape of a fried-chicken bucket.)

The building is 32 feet in diameter and 30 feet tall, not including the 10-foot tip of the pestle above the roof. The second floor was originally designed as an apartment for the pharmacist. The former pharmacy is equipped with two drive-thru windows, one for ordering, another for pick-up, as well as parking spaces for customers.

Joe Bondurant operated the pharmacy until 2003, when he sold the building to Eric Brewer who carried the business on until 2011. Today, the giant mortar and pestle house a drive-thru liquor store.

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