Packing & Provisions Building

The renovation of the historic downtown building transformed the once run-down building into an inviting space housing a mix of tenants – an upscale retail shop, a small gallery, an independent film cinema and a second floor office. The combination of these tenants serves to revitalize this portion of downtown and bring quality tenants to the area.

The design of the mixed-use project thoughtfully inserts new materials while celebrating original historic materials. Brick, hardwood flooring, tin ceilings and wood trusses were uncovered and restored. Because of the long, narrow shape of the space, mullion-less glass is used to create division between tenants and allows daylight to extend deep within the space. A new skylight in the two-story cinema lobby provides additional natural daylighting. The second-floor office space preserves original materials and continues a simple palette for new materials. The design also includes a new vegetated rooftop terrace, a valuable amenity that tenants share.

The 114-year-old building’s renewed existence successfully creates a synergy that benefits all tenants as well as the greater community. 

Project Type



Iowa City, Iowa


10,365 SF (renovated)