Savannah Pharmacy and Fonvielle Office Building

918 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Savannah, GA

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Savannah Pharmacy and Fonvielle Office Building

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The Savannah Pharmacy and Fonvielle Office Building is significant at the local level under National Register Criteria A and C in the areas of architecture, commerce, and black ethnic heritage. The Savannah Pharmacy is significant in the area of architecture as an excellent example of modern architecture because of its emphasis on modern materials and technology, abstract geometric imagery, and its lack of historicism. The pharmacy is significant in the area of commerce because it served as a pharmacy and also provided space for a variety of other businesses. The pharmacy is also significant in the area of black ethnic heritage because it was among the longest-operating African-American businesses in Savannah. The three generations of the Fonvielle family that operated the business cultivated regular customers and contended with urban renewal, which resulted in the decline of the West Broad Street neighborhood; desegregation, which led to diminished sales as African Americans patronized stores that previously had been designated for whites only; and competition from national drugstore chains. - National Register Database

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  • August 22, 2014: Added by Michael Miller

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