The Harvester Beginnings
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 several businesses 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.
Developer: Artspace Projects
Architect Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture
FINANCING 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. FOUNDATION SUPPORT Iowa West Foundation