While being fortunate enough to travel to some many wonderful cities, one thing I have loved to come across are the Kress buildings. S. H. Kress & Co. was the trading name of a chain of five and dime retail department stores in the United States, which operated from 1896 to 1981 (via Wikipedia). These buildings are historical landmarks which means the city tries to keep the buildings restored to their original condition as best as possible. I had come across two Kress buildings, in Orlando and in San Antonio, which you can see in my first post: Kress :: 1. Since then I have come across several more. Here they are:
This one broke my heart.
Stupid Starbucks: Youngstown, OH:
I thought I had seen the worst with the condition of the Kress in Miami…that was, until I visited the Kress in Youngstown.
The community fought to save the building:But the city thought a parking garage was more important:Atlanta, GA:
Abandoned but still intact.
The Kress building right in the middle of the picture under the water tower:
Same day gold teeth?!! Albuquerque, NM:
Also abandoned but still intact.
It is so interesting to see the subtle differences of the buildings in different cities. If there is a Kress in your city, please take pictures and email them to me at email@example.com!