An iconic downtown apartment building is being resurrected.

“When [it] was built in 1963, this was the place to live in Louisville. This is where everybody who was a socialite lived,” said Ryan Rogers, co-owner of Bar Vetti.

The 800 Tower City Apartments used to be Louisville’s tallest building. It's not so glamorous anymore, but construction crews are taking a tarnished jewel and making it beautiful again.

That's where the name originated for the new restaurant moving into the building's first floor. 

Bar Vetti is named after the House of Vettii, a luxurious home that was uncovered from ash after a volcano erupted in Pompeii. The bar will be an Italian restaurant.

“It's going to be wood fired pizzas, house made pastas, seasonal, chef-driven small plates and entrees,” Rogers said.

Rogers also owns Feast BBQ and Royals Hot Chicken.  He hopes to appeal to the people who will be living in the 286 units after the building renovation is done.

The renovation started last year. It was projected to cost $10 million , but has since reached more than $11 million.

According to a statement from 800 Tower City Apartments, the boutique hotel-style lobby and theater room are finished.

There's still work to be done on the rooftop pool, Skyclub and the fitness center, but according to the statement it's all on to schedule.

Here is part of the statement:

“We are nearing the end of the construction process and are on track to deliver the rooftop pool, Skyclub, and fitness center next month. These will follow the amenities that have already been completed, including the boutique hotel-style lobby and theater room.  Rent starts at $865, which we believe provide exceptional value, considering the unique level of amenities and downtown convenience this property provides.”

Pricing and availability of the apartments are always subject to change, but they are updated in real-time here

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