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McCrory’s Department Store Building, Downtown Atlanta, Georgiaby Wendy Darling
Former five-and-dime store, one I used to shop at when I first moved to Atlanta and it was still in business. It was like a Woolworth’s.
From Atlanta Architecture: Art Deco to Modern Classic, 1929-1959:

Nearby [the Kress Building] McCrory’s Department Store of ca. 1936-37 covers a late Victorian building with a new facade whose classically inspired central bay projects forward, while the parapet steps down in in Deco “zigzag” fashion. Ribbed surfaces on recessed panels in the center bays achieve a layered look. Bold and simple, both McCrory’s and the 1936 Kress Building next door acknowledged the restrained spirit of thirties Deco.

McCrory’s Department Store Building, Downtown Atlanta, Georgia
by Wendy Darling

Former five-and-dime store, one I used to shop at when I first moved to Atlanta and it was still in business. It was like a Woolworth’s.

From Atlanta Architecture: Art Deco to Modern Classic, 1929-1959:

Nearby [the Kress Building] McCrory’s Department Store of ca. 1936-37 covers a late Victorian building with a new facade whose classically inspired central bay projects forward, while the parapet steps down in in Deco “zigzag” fashion. Ribbed surfaces on recessed panels in the center bays achieve a layered look. Bold and simple, both McCrory’s and the 1936 Kress Building next door acknowledged the restrained spirit of thirties Deco.

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Kress Building, Downtown Atlanta, Georgiaby Wendy Darling
Kress, one of the most successful five-and-dimes in retail history, doesn’t survive, but its buildings do. Among them is this one on South Peachtree. I believe the upper stores are vacant, while the bottom story is retail — everything from shoes to gold teeth.
From Atlanta Architecture: Art Deco to Modern Classic, 1929-1959:

The 1936 Kress reflects the ore restrained, monochromatic face of the Depression years and is part of a street of several noteworthy commercial buildings of the period. 
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Bold and simple, both McCrory’s and the 1936 Kress Building next door acknowledged the restrained spirit of thirties Deco.
In the Kress Building, Deco incisions and a classical orderliness and simplicity were balanced with vertical ribbed piers presenting recognizable features found in Kress Buildings in Durham, North Carolina, Richmond, Virginia and elsewhere through the Southeast.

Kress Building, Downtown Atlanta, Georgia
by Wendy Darling

Kress, one of the most successful five-and-dimes in retail history, doesn’t survive, but its buildings do. Among them is this one on South Peachtree. I believe the upper stores are vacant, while the bottom story is retail — everything from shoes to gold teeth.

From Atlanta Architecture: Art Deco to Modern Classic, 1929-1959:

The 1936 Kress reflects the ore restrained, monochromatic face of the Depression years and is part of a street of several noteworthy commercial buildings of the period. 

Bold and simple, both McCrory’s and the 1936 Kress Building next door acknowledged the restrained spirit of thirties Deco.

In the Kress Building, Deco incisions and a classical orderliness and simplicity were balanced with vertical ribbed piers presenting recognizable features found in Kress Buildings in Durham, North Carolina, Richmond, Virginia and elsewhere through the Southeast.

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Kress, 1200 Block of Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Miami, FloridaHistoric photo from the Library of Congress
Another example of a Kress five-and-dime store. Still there today; one tenant is a Starbucks. Check out the Historic American Buildings Survey record for the historic district, including 81 pictures.
From the LoC:
1200 BLOCK WASHINGTON AVENUE, WEST ELEVATION, CORNER VIEW
I’ve spent a lot of time going through the LoC’s photo archives, which make available the Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering Record photos. I urge you to check them out yourself!

Kress, 1200 Block of Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Miami, Florida
Historic photo from the Library of Congress

Another example of a Kress five-and-dime store. Still there today; one tenant is a Starbucks. Check out the Historic American Buildings Survey record for the historic district, including 81 pictures.

From the LoC:

1200 BLOCK WASHINGTON AVENUE, WEST ELEVATION, CORNER VIEW

I’ve spent a lot of time going through the LoC’s photo archives, which make available the Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering Record photos. I urge you to check them out yourself!

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Kress Building, Charleston, South Carolinaby Tunnel-Spanger-Walsh & Associates
Kress was a five-and-dime chain with stores all over the country. While they’re no longer around, many of their buildings are. This one in Charleston has been renovated as a William Sonoma with either offices or housing above.
About These Deco Pics from TSW My buddy the city planner sent me these from his planning/architecture firm's  ginormous image database, which they maintain for use in visual  preference surveys, presentations, inspiration and examples. He  specifically searched on Deco for me.

Kress Building, Charleston, South Carolina
by Tunnel-Spanger-Walsh & Associates

Kress was a five-and-dime chain with stores all over the country. While they’re no longer around, many of their buildings are. This one in Charleston has been renovated as a William Sonoma with either offices or housing above.

About These Deco Pics from TSW
My buddy the city planner sent me these from his planning/architecture firm's ginormous image database, which they maintain for use in visual preference surveys, presentations, inspiration and examples. He specifically searched on Deco for me.

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