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Kress Store

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1932, Edward F. Sibbert. 174 Kamehameha Ave.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

One of the finest Art Deco buildings in Hawaii, this three-story, polychrome, terra-cotta-clad building is an imposing presence on Kamehameha Avenue. The reinforced-concrete structure retains its bronze marquee with chromium name plates, and the original first-floor soda fountain remains intact. This store was the 228th Kress store built in the nation and the second in Hawaii following the introduction of the chain to Honolulu in 1931 (that building is demolished). The ell wing was added in 1954 and provided access from Kalakaua Street. Sibbert was a staff architect for S. H. Kress and Company from 1929 through 1954 and designed a number of distinctive Art Deco Kress stores in the United States.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Kress Store", [Hilo, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 264-264.

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