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Kress Building, Greensboro, North Carolinaby Earl Letherberry
Another great old Kress store, facade intact.
From Flickr:

The Kress Store in Greensboro was built in 1930 and Kress closed the store in 1973. The structure has details, including coats-of-arms, metal work, and inlaid artistic embellishments. The colorful Art Deco style building was restored in 2000. In 2010, the structure was known for its fourth floor, roof top, special events rental facility. Other space is for office and other commercial purposes.

Side view, same photographer:

G… Greensboro

Kress Building, Greensboro, North Carolina
by Earl Letherberry

Another great old Kress store, facade intact.

From Flickr:

The Kress Store in Greensboro was built in 1930 and Kress closed the store in 1973. The structure has details, including coats-of-arms, metal work, and inlaid artistic embellishments. The colorful Art Deco style building was restored in 2000. In 2010, the structure was known for its fourth floor, roof top, special events rental facility. Other space is for office and other commercial purposes.

Side view, same photographer:

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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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