Kress Historical Restoration

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project at a glance

  • Client Federal Realty Investment Trust
  • Architect Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.  
  • Location San Antonio, TX
  • Attributes Mid-RiseCommercialTexas

The Kress Building was built in the late 1930s by Edward Sibert and features an intricate, art-deco style terra cotta façade. The historic building had been vacant for some time and the façade was netted to protect the public from falling terra cotta tiles.

The Kress Building was rehabilitated to restore it to its original beauty so it could serve as a destination for retail and dining. The rehabilitation involved intricately matching and replacing the missing or damaged terra cotta tiles and restoring the original neon signage that made the building a landmark. 

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