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Harvester Artspace Lofts

A Home for Artists in the Heartland

1000 S. Main Street, Council Bluffs, IA, 51503





Commercial Space


Resident Artist Jessie Medina

Video from City, Council Bluffs




Council Bluffs is part of the Omaha metropolitan area, an eight-county region that straddles the Missouri River in Nebraska and Iowa. Council Bluffs grew up around the eastern terminus of the Union Pacific Railroad, and by the mid-20th century it was the nation’s fifth largest rail center. But with the contraction of the rail industry, the community experienced a corresponding decline.

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. 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.

Development Cost

$11.2 million


Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture

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Our Thanks to...

City of Council Bluffs HOME Funds
Iowa Department of Economic Development
Community Development Block Grant Program Funds
Federal Home Loan Bank – AHP
Iowa Housing Finance Authority
Pottawattamie County CDC Environmental Grant 
U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation
U.S. Bank, N.A.


Iowa West Foundation