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The S.H. Kress building is one of the architectural gems of
Greensboro’s Historical District. Built in 1930, this colorful
Art-Deco style building was a familiar and beloved
institution in Greensboro for over 40 years.
Founded by Samuel Kress in 1896, S. H. Kress & Co.
became a prominent five-and-dime chain known for its
abundance of reasonably-priced merchandise, as well as
for its beautiful buildings located in the downtown districts
of cities across the country. The Kress company’s strong
commitment to architectural excellence led it to form its own
architectural division, charged with overseeing all aspects
of store design.
Samuel Kress viewed his stores as architectural gifts to the
communities in which they were located. Known for
erecting expensive buildings and using the finest materials,
Kress constructed stores that were typically more
elaborate than those of its competitors.
Each Kress store was individually designed, and many incorporated references to unique or significant aspects of the city area
in which they were located. The terra cotta facade of the Greensboro store features a Kress coat of arms in a medallion with a
tobacco leaf motif. Storefront ornamentation reflected what was available for sale inside the store. The stylized narcissus
created in terra cotta on the Greensboro storefront represents the flower bulbs that were once sold inside the store.
The building was restored in 2000 and offers a comfortable indoor dining room and the rooftop terrace with views of the city.
Visit kressterrace.com for more information and photos.
Dinner was held at the Kress Terrace in downtown Greensboro.
Dinner began with coconut shrimp and vegetable curry empanadas served during the social hour. The
buffet offered spicy Brazilian roast pork with fruit sauce, Uruguayan beef with vegetables and fruit,
(spinach and queso stuffed puff pastry for vegetarians), Brazilian rice and beans, sauteed vegetables in
white wine/fresh herb sauce. Brazilian chocolate cake for dessert.
After dinner we had a samba lesson, so we will head to Rio in 2016 with all of our new Latin moves!
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