June 12, 2012

Kress Building, Memphis TN

The Kress Building in Memphis, TN is a colorful addition to the whole block.
It once was one one several Five and Dime stores. 
It has been refurbished and is now part of the Marriott Spring Hill Suites Hotel.
We were lucky enough to get a room in this part of the building.  The inside was just another hotel but the outside held its own against an otherwise concrete jungle.

The Kress Building
Closed since 1994, this building is easily recognizable by its colorful and decorative terra-cotta facade.  Kress opened the first in what was to become a nationwide chain of five-and-dime stores in Memphis in 1896 and moved to the Main Street location in 1927.   Conscious of the historical significance of the building, the new owners plan to restore the structure in accordance within historical guidelines as they adapt it for reuse as a suite hotel, Spring Hill Suites by Marriott.  

A close up of some of the ornament features of the building.

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