In 2006, seeking to revitalize downtown Council Bluffs, the Iowa West Foundation invited Artspace to explore the feasibility of transforming a former International Harvester Warehouse into an affordable live/work project for artists. Built in 1888, the Harvester is a four-story building with approximately 47,000 square feet in the main structure and an additional 24,000 square feet in a spacious one-story addition that dates from 1928.
This sturdy brick structure has found new life as the Harvester Artspace Lofts, a 36-unit project that also provides 5,320 square feet of space for arts-friendly commercial use, including a thriving coffee shop and meeting space, and an award- winning florist. Since its completion in 2010, the Harvester has become a welcome addition to the area’s arts scene. Among its residents are a number of artists who have moved from Omaha to take advantage of the Harvester’s affordable rents. The Harvester is part of a burgeoning renaissance of downtown Council Bluffs that has seen the addition of several creative businesses and restaurants in recent years.
Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture
City of Council Bluffs HOME FundsIowa Department of Economic DevelopmentCommunity Development Block Grant Program FundsFederal Home Loan Bank – AHP Iowa Housing Finance Authority Pottawattamie County CDC Environmental Grant U.S. Bank Community Development CorporationU.S. Bank, N.A.
Iowa West Foundation
“This building is beautiful, the people that occupy it are beautiful, it’s already won an award from the city as an historical building that’s been revamped and I say it deserves another.”— Josh Powell, Artist
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