401 Water Street

Adaptive Re-Use & Mixed-Use Complex

Ironfront Development Company transformed an eight story vacant turn of the century warehouse building in a blighted area of town into the most desired mixed-use development in downtown Peoria.

Existing building elements such as the sculptural package handler, water tank, interior brick, weathered corner guards, fire doors and unused sprinkler risers were retained and contrasted with new building components. Technology was required to intrigue businesses and homeowners to invest in this unprecedented construction type in Peoria. The new systems were expressed by using new materials and contemporary forms. The sharp difference between the new and old rustic character carried throughout the building and gave notice to the distinct qualities of each.

The mixed-use development includes:

  • New Entry Lobby
  • New Elevators, Elevator Lobbies and Egress Stairs
  • New Mechanical Systems
  • 7 Floors of High End Condominiums (North wing)
  • 7 Floors of Class A Commercial Office Space (South wing)
  • Street Level Retail Space
  • Parking Deck
  • New Windows and Balconies
Project Data
Location Peoria, Illinois
Size 220,000 sf
Completed 2000
Photographer Ballogg Photography

James Kemper served as the Lead Designer for this project while working at Dewberry.

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