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Opened
2010

Harvester Artspace Lofts

A Home for Artists in the Heartland

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

Exterior

Exterior

Interior

Interior

Commercial Space

Garden

Resident Artist Jessie Medina

Video from City, Council Bluffs

Interior

Tabs

Overview

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. 

Development Cost

$11.2 million

Architect

Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture

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Our Thanks to...
FINANCERS

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.

FUNDER

Iowa West Foundation