The Lakeside Pharmacy Icon Exhibit
Photographs taken by Charlotte Geary https://charlottegeary.com and Kristina Alcorn. Archival images from the archives of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum.
History of the Lakeside Pharmacy Icons
The oversized depictions of items commonly sold in a 1960’s drugstore advertised the Lakeside Pharmacy an original Lake Anne Plaza store that also contained a fountain counter and a post office substation. Larry Cohn was the pharmacist and owner for nearly 50 years until his retirement in 2014. In order to preserve these loved icons, the Lake Anne Reston Condominium Association donated the icons to the Reston Historic Trust & Museum in July 2018. The installation was designed by Jeanne Krohn.
The New York graphic design firm of Chermayeff and Geismar (now Chermayeff, Geismar & Haviv), was hired by Whittlesey & Conklin and together they treated the storefronts on the plaza as a form of public art. While the main purpose of the Lakeside Pharmacy icons was advertising, the icons are characteristic of the 1960s Pop Art aesthetic and reflected Bob Simon’s wish for fun and whimsical artwork on the plaza.
More than 80 individuals and organizations provided funding and support for the Lakeside Pharmacy Icon Preservation project so that the icons could remain at Lake Anne Plaza. This exhibit was made possible in significant part by the generous donation from Hirad Najabagy in honor of his parents, Hooshang and Farah Najafbagy, who immigrated to the U.S. and found their new home, work and oasis in Lake Anne where they operated Calvert Gourmet Shop for many years. The project was spearheaded by board member Cheryl Terio-Simon.
The new exhibit was installed 9/17/2019.