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Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 6:07am

Historic Register Adds Savannah Pharmacy

A 1964 building that housed one of Savannah's oldest black-owned businesses has been added to the official list of America's historic treasures.

The Savannah Pharmacy and Fonvielle Office Building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in late February. The two-story brick building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard isn't very old compared to the 19th-century homes of Savannah's neighboring downtown historic district. But city officials nominated it based on two things that make the old pharmacy unique.

City officials say the family-owned Savannah Pharmacy was the city's second oldest black-owned business and served residents for a century before it closed in 2007.

The building is also architecturally unique, with doorways and windows shaped like hexagons and a concrete second-story facade that hangs suspended over the sidewalk.