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October 10, 2013

Roby Commercial Renovating Historic Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Entrance

CHARLOTTE, N.C, Oct. 10, 2013 … Saint Patrick’s Cathedral selected Roby Commercial to enlarge its front entrance to accommodate larger gatherings. Work is nearing completion on the historic cathedral in Dilworth, and the dedication is this Sunday at 5 p.m. The new entrance will be named for William George Curlin, who served as Bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte from 1994 until his retirement in 2002.

“This project is very difficult because of the small site, busy street and high level of detail. Roby Commercial has done an excellent job – they are very easy to work with,” said architect John Phares, Circa Architecture, P.A.

A parishioner made a large donation several years ago to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in honor of Bishop Curlin. Together they decided the money would go toward redesigning the front steps to allow for larger gatherings. The Cathedral is putting the donation toward the project and raised additional funds through a “Donate a Brick” campaign.

The Roby Family of Companies has deep roots in the Charlotte community, serving the region since 1950. The company has completed historic renovations to Latta Place (built in 1800); the John Dinkins House & Lodge (built in 1800); Rosedale Plantation (built in 1815); the White Homestead (built in 1831); Chairman Blake House (built in 1861); Spring’s Guest House at The Founders House (built in 1870); and the John Price Carr House (built in 1904). The Chairman Blake House in Davidson received the Best in Show award from the Remodelers’ Council, and Spring’s Guest House at The Founders House in Fort Mill was recognized by the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The company is currently renovating the former residence of Dr. George E. Davis, built in the 1890s adjacent to Johnson C. Smith University. The house will serve as the headquarters of the Foster Village Network Center, which provides teens aging out of the foster care system with high school and higher education opportunities.

“It is an honor to be selected to create a larger gathering space for worshipers at one of Charlotte’s most historic churches,” said Bo Turner, Roby Commercial division manager and vice president.

Construction of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick began on March 17, 1938. John Henry Phelan donated the funds to build the Cathedral in loving memory of his parents, Patrick and Margaret Adele Phelan. It opened in 1939.

Roby Commercial offers the same exceptional quality, detail and client service that have been associated with Andrew Roby’s residential construction services since 1950. The company operates with an unlimited general contractor license in N.C. and S.C., and employs Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professionals (LEED AP). Roby Commercial launched in 2009 as part of the Roby Family of Companies. Visit www.robycommercial.com for more information.

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