Cohen Building, Community Landmark Renovated

The Cohen building is one of the last remnants of days gone by. Looking back, it was once housed many thriving businesses including Iowa Clothes, Storz Brewery and the brewery’s Blue Ribbon Saloon, Wilcox Flowers, Martin’s Drug. Later it was home to Eve’s Pastry Shop and Lane Brothers Pharmacy. The building was also home to many tenants in apartments above the stores.

The building has been a staple for Council Bluffs for decades. One business was there far longer than any of the other – Iowa Clothes was founded by Harry Cohen. The store was a staple in Council Bluffs and it only made sense to name the renovated building after the hardworking owner. Cohen’s granddaughter, Patty Nogg, generously donated to name the building after him. 

Commercial: 3 bays

Residential: 18 apartments: 9 1-bedroom, 5 2-bedroom and 4 studio units

Developer: The 712 Initiative

Architect: Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture

Sources of Financing: Iowa West Foundation, City of Council Bluffs, State of Iowa, Peter Kiewit Foundation, Midstates Bank, Patty and Steve Nogg, and Pottawattamie County Housing Trust Fund

Photo Credits: Aaron Reese (exterior) and Erin Giannangelo, Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture (interior)

More Projects