Kress Building

604 Main/605 Houston - 1936

  • Kress Building
    Kress Building

Historic Designations:
National Register of Historic Places
City of Fort Worth Historic & Cultural Landmark


This Art Deco commercial structure was designed by Edward F. Sibbert from New York, who was the architect on many of the Kress Co. stores. It opened for a public preview on Friday, August 4, 1936, and then open for business on the next day. The building actually has two entrances, one on Main Street and the other on Houston Street.  The main shopping floor is currently vacant.  The basement is occupied by The Escape Room. Until 1996, the Kress Building was a part of an entire Art Deco block of buildings along Houston Street. The gray panels that covered the Art Deco Kress logos at the parapet were removed and the damaged parts of the facade were replaced.  The upper floors were renovated into loft apartments in 2006.


Historic Photographs from the Jack White Collection, University of Texas at Arlington:
Looking south from 4th and Main in 1936

1946 Photo of Houston Street Facade from UTA Libraries Digital Gallery


Kress Lofts Website


Architectural Style:
Art Deco

Edward F. Sibbert, New York