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Harvester Artspace Lofts

A Home for Artists in the Heartland

1000 S. Main Street Council Bluffs, IA, 51503

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. 

Architect: Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture

Contractor: Lund-Ross Constructors

Funders: Iowa West Foundation

Financial Partners: 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.

est. 2010

Type of Development:

Live/Work Artist Housing

Number of Units:

36

Total Square Footage:

71,646

Community Space Sq. Ft.:

1,233

Commercial Space Sq. Ft.:

5,320

Types of Units:

Efficiency, one-, two- and three-bedroom

Total Project Cost:

$11.2M

Features:

Resident Gallery; Playground; Community Garden