The Kress Legal Center is an example of historic renovation at its finest. Cort Companies received the Glenn Allen Award in 2006 from the Cultural Heritage Board for excellence in historic renovation. The Kress Legal Center is home to the San Joaquin Bar Association and a variety of other legal entities. This four-story building features a beautiful lobby and a secure entry code access system for the upper floors. It has terrazzo floors and high ceilings for an elegant professional ambience. Located in the heart of downtown, it is within walking distance to San Joaquin County Courthouse, City Hall, various banks, Bob Hope Theatre and downtown eateries. Garages and parking facilities are in close proximity for employee and client parking.

Building Statistics

  • A variety of elegant office suites
  • Secure code access in Lobby with smartphone app to view visitors
  • Convenient freeway access
  • Walking distance to courthouse and government offices

Building History

Constructed in 1930 and designed by architect John G. Fleming, S.H. Kress began to build five-and-ten cent stores on America ‘s Main Streets shortly after the turn of the century. By World War II, Kress stores formed a distinctive part of the downtown streetscape in more than two hundred towns and cities in thirty states including Hawaii. The S.H. Kress Building was decorated with terra cotta elements from the renowned Gladding McBean firm; the structure boasts one of the City’s finest Art Deco facades. The mural in the lobby depicts Justice, Agriculture and Industry in Stockton, and is painted in the Art-Deco style seen in Radio City Music Hall and the Empire State Building. The artist, Russell Buckingham, is a renowned painter and muralist from New York City.


Address / Location

20 North Sutter Street, Stockton, CA 95202


Mahala Burns, Broker
BRE# 01082668
(209) 235-5231

Robert E. Oakes, Realtor
BRE# 02016605
(209) 423-6664

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