“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada

Niagara Apothecary

La Pharmacie De Niagara

Niagara Apothecary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lora Szloh, November 14, 2009
1. Niagara Apothecary Marker
Inscription. Acquired by the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1969, the Niagara Apothecary is a fine example of a Confederation era commercial establishment and pharmacy. Although the building probably dates to the 1820's. It was extensively renovated in 1866 when it was taken over by an apothecary. At this time the Italianate windows weer installed and the interior fitted up as a drug store. Until it was closed in 1964 it was one of the oldest and one of the longest continuously operating pharmaceutical practices in Canada.

(Inscription is repeated in French)
La pharmacie de Niagara, acquis en 1969, par l'Ontario Heritage Foundation, represente bien la petite entreprise de l'ère de la Confédération. Erige probablement durant les années 1820, l'edifice fut restaure en 1866. A cette date, en installa les fenêtres de style italien on transforma l'intérieur en pharmacie. Avant sa fermeture en 1964, cette pharmacie etait l'une des plus anciennes et des actives au Canada.

Unveiled by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.
July 5th 1981
Erected 1981 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Location. 43° 15.297′ N, 79° 4.255′ W. Marker is in
Niagara Apothecary Commemorative Plaque image. Click for full size.
August 21, 2010
2. Niagara Apothecary Commemorative Plaque
This plaque, mounted on the King Street side of the corner of the pharmacy, indicates in English and French that the building is a property of Ontario Heritage Foundation, which acquired the building in 1969, and opened it as a museum in 1971.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is at the intersection of Queen Street and King Street, on the right when traveling south on Queen Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Kirby (within shouting distance of this marker); Niagara on the Lake Historical District (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1835 (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Niagara Land Purchases (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Memorial Hall, 1906 (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Janet Carnochan 1839 - 1926 (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Canada Constellation (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Butler's Rangers (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Also see . . .  Post Script. The Apothecary Museum's website, with a detailed history of the apothecary: All in all, we can think of the Niagara Apothecary, under whatever name during its long history, as having had two lives. First, as a pharmacy practice that lasted continuously for almost 150 years, then since 1971 as a restoration of its glory of a century ago when, in 1869, Henry Paffard opened his splendid new facility at the location it still occupies now as a museum. (Submitted on August 24, 2010.) 
Categories. Notable Buildings
The Niagara Apothecary (1869) and Marker image. Click for full size.
August 21, 2010
3. The Niagara Apothecary (1869) and Marker
Per the Niagara Apothecary Museum's website: The Niagara Apothecary at the Sign of the Golden Mortar is an excellent example of high style, eclectic mid-Victorian commercial architecture. The Italianate façade features arched glazed double doors and two arched plate glass show windows with accents of a Florentine "twisted rope" treatment.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lora Szloh of Berea, Ohio. This page has been viewed 934 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Lora Szloh of Berea, Ohio.   2, 3. submitted on . • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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