Louisiana Kress Stores

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New Orleans, LA
Baton Rouge, LA
The Kress in New Orleans was built in 1912 and opened in 1913. It was a Kress store until 1963. It was designed by Emile Weil, a prominent New Orleans architect. The building was faced with glazed white terra cotta and French details. In 1963, the facade was covered with porcelain enamel panels. They were removed when the store closed in 1981.

In later years, the building was home to a GAP clothing store. This building along with its former next-door-neighbor, the Maison Blanche Department Store, were converted into the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The hotel opened in 2000. The Kress main entrance is now an automobile entrance. Hypervigilant security guards prevented me from getting any more photos. [map]

The Kress in Baton Rouge was saved from demolition in 2005. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was renovated for apartments, offices and retail space. "Kress at Third & Main" consists of three separate buildings. The Knox and Welsh-Levy buildings were constructed earlier. [map]

Alexandria, LA
This Kress was built in 1939. The building was designed by Edward F. Sibbert and Charles T. Roberts. The store closed in 1974. It was renovated and is now known as the Rapides Foundation Building. The ground floor is used as the Hearn Stage/Kress Theater. The Kress store had a blade sign where the Rapides sign is now and another horizontal sign above the canopy. There was once an earlier, much smaller Kress across the street. [map]

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