Dr. Joshua Lathrop House facts for kids
Dr. Joshua Lathrop House
U.S. Historic district
|Location||377 Washington Street, Norwich, Connecticut|
|Area||2 acres (0.81 ha)|
|Architectural style||Colonial, Georgian, Saltbox|
|Part of||Norwichtown Historic District (ID730019751)|
|NRHP reference No.||70000727|
Quick facts for kidsSignificant dates
|Added to NRHP||December 29, 1970|
|Designated CP||January 17, 1973|
The Dr. Joshua Lathrop House is a historic house at 377 Washington Street in Norwich, Connecticut. Built about 1750, it is a good example of Georgian residential architecture, further notable as the home of the first pharmacist in the state, who operated out of these premises. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 29, 1970, and is a contributing property to the Norwichtown Historic District.
Description and history
The Dr. Joshua Lathrop House is located in Norwich's historic Norwichtown area, on the east side of Washington Street just south of Lathrop Lane. The house has two parts, an older saltbox section, and a more typical Georgian 2-1/2 story frame structure at the front, with a side gable roof and central chimney. The house is built into a hillside, such that the front basement is fully exposed, and the main entrance is now made through an opening in the basement wall, below the original entrance. The facade is four bays wide, with an irregular placement that has the entrance at the center, two bays to its left, and one to its right. The leanto section at the rear is also two stories in height, with irregular placement of windows and doors. The interior retains many original features, including wooden paneling and fireplaces.
The house was built c. 1750 by Joshua Lathrop, who operated a drugstore with his brother Daniel, believed to the first such operation in the Connecticut Colony. Joshua Lathrop remained in partnership with his brother until 1774, and then with his nephews and son until his death in 1807. The house is further historic due to the possibility that Benedict Arnold may have lived here during his apprenticeship with the Lathrops.
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