Last Friday I photographed someone moving into The 800 Building on Fourth Street using the app-based service Bellhops for a Courier-Journal assignment. I told the client (who was moving here from Chicago) about the glory days of The 800 when I moved there in the early 2000s.
There was a doorman in uniform at the front door at all times to greet residents and guests and buzz them in – and residents could use a cable channel to see who was at the door. To park, you pulled into the entrance and left the car running, and a valet would get in and park your car for you. When you were ready to leave, you’d page the valet with your apartment number and your car would be sitting there waiting for you. It was a cool place until a series of sales and management changes stripped away the doorman and valet services. When I left my 11th floor corner apartment on the northeast corner with a balcony above Fourth Street, a company had bought The 800 to convert it into condos, which never happened.
I’ll never forget flying balsa wood gliders off that balcony one night long ago …
See the story by Grace Schneider in the Courier-Journal, “Phone app connects muscle for quick moving”