L. Harbach & Sons Co. constructed their new factory and warehouse to manufacture parlor furniture, couches, and mattresses.
The company was sold to Davidson Building Co., which continued to sell L. Harbach & Sons furniture.
Davidson Building Co. leased the Harbach factory and warehouse to Way- Helms Co. and Red Cross Mattress Co. for their upholstered furniture and mattress business.
The Great Depression took its toll, and the now-vacant factory and warehouse were leased to Ginsberg & Sons, one of the largest furniture firms in Iowa.
Ginsberg family members purchased the factory and warehouse complex.
Ahern-Pershing, an office supply and equipment company, purchased the north building for use as a showroom, offices, and a warehouse. Today, a 9- foot-long pencil that was once mounted to the top of one of their delivery vehicles is displayed over the mailboxes in the north building lobby.
The south building was acquired by local architect Davis Sanders who converted it into artist’s studios, taking advantage of the building’s expansive windows, concrete floors and high ceilings. The building became known as ART 316, and for 25 years it was a popular gathering spot and hub for Des Moines artists.
The north building was purchased by Kent Mauck with the intention of converting the structure into residential loft apartments.
Davis Sanders and Kent Mauck entered into a partnership to reunite the original Harbach factory and warehouse and develop Harbach Lofts, a 103- apartment residential loft complex. During the design process, the buildings were named to The National Register of Historic Places.
Harbach Lofts opens following a $22,000,000 transformation into 103 apartments.