Contemporary building project in downtown Peoria wins Landmarks Illinois award

Cooperage 214, a development project in the Warehouse District in downtown Peoria, has won the Richard Driehaus Preservation Award for Adaptive Use by Landmarks Illinois, the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce reported.


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Cooperage 214, a development project in the Warehouse District in downtown Peoria, has won the Richard Driehaus Preservation Award for Adaptive Use by Landmarks Illinois, the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce reported.

The historic building, where barrels and casks were once made, was completed in 2016. It includes apartment units, office space and a digital production studio called OneFire Media.

“As a young professional that works downtown, I was looking for a place with an interesting story, character, and that afforded me the option to walk to work and other downtown amenities,” Nicholas Bruner, one of the apartment building's new tenants, said.

Landmarks Illinois is a nonprofit organization that recognizes historic preservation projects. 

“Projects like this require an excellent team," The Kim Group said, according to the release. "Our architect (Farnsworth Group, Inc.) and contractor (River City Construction) helped The Kim Group take this project to the next level. We creatively preserved and enhanced the character of the structure without sacrificing any modern amenities.”

Cooperage 214 is just one of many projects in the Warehouse District that leveraged the State Historic Preservation Tax Credits. This resource will bring more development to the downtown Peoria area and continue to transform the district into the ideal place to live and work.

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