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Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

S.H. Kress Co. Store

Edward f. Sibbert, Architect 1933

 

—City of Berkeley Landmark, designated in 1981 —

 
S.H. Kress Co. Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 28, 2012
1. S.H. Kress Co. Store Marker
Inscription. Samuel H. Kress began his chain of retail stores around 1900 and soon these “five and dime” variety stores dotted downtowns across America. Kress’s own company architects designed stores of high quality and adapted them to fit into the context and scale of each city’s main street. The Moderne-style building designed for Berkeley was built to withstand earthquakes. It features light-brown bricks, terracotta ornamentation, and decorative metalwork on the fire escapes. The marquee is original. The Kress name is high above the building entrance and in gold letters above the door. The interior once featured a lunch counter on the main sales floor and a bargain basement. Berkeley Historical Plaque Project 1998
 
Erected 2003 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 52.28′ N, 122° 16.112′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Addison Street, on the right when traveling south on Shattuck Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2036 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heywood Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Roos Bros. Building
S.H. Kress Co. Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 28, 2012
2. S.H. Kress Co. Store Marker
The marker is on the right side of the entrance.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Kittredge Shattuck Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Golden Sheaf Bakery Annex (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of David Park’s Studio (within shouting distance of this marker); Shattuck Square (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Studio Building 1905-06 (about 300 feet away); Chamber of Commerce/Wells Fargo Bank (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 560 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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