The building is a 42,000 Sq. Ft. brick warehouse built in 1908 first used by metal manufacturers and later the WinterBottom Supply, a plumbing materials company.
The Nelson Family and partners purchased the building in 2002 as they thought the location and building had an urban and historical flare. The WinterBottom building is in the heart of the Westfield Site where the Waterloo Boy Tractor was invented and manufactured and where Deere and Company followed and had its beginnings as a tractor manufacturer.
The Westfield Avenue Lofts put Waterloo on the map with the current trend in urban housing, taking advantage of irreplaceable buildings and turning what was abandoned into vital living and working space. The Nelson Family received an award from “A Thousand Friends of Iowa” for the Best Renovated Residential Development in the State of Iowa.
Loft Owners Design Their Space
The building houses 15 upscale lofts that range in size of 1,200 Sq. Ft. to 3,200 Sq. Ft. – one- and two-story units with the loft owners designing their own interior space. The upscale development offers numerous amenities, including indoor parking, exposed brick walls, original maple hardwood flooring, building security, locked mail-entry, decks and 4 units have their own yards, basement storage units, high-speed internet access, and satellite television using a prewired smart cable.
The Westfield Loft project was the first historical all residential reuse renovation project in Black Hawk County.