Wednesday, May 23, 2007

A Little Bit of Charleston in Charlotte

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, May 23, 2007 at 12:39 PM

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Just got my most recent issue of the Star and Lamp, the member magazine for Pi Kappa Phi. The Pi Kapps were founded in Charleston at 90 Broad Street and they’re extremely proud of their Charleston roots. Though long ago they moved their national offices to Charlotte, it seems the fraternity leaders are missing their Lowcountry roots.

The fraternity has a stake in a 90,000 sq. feet office building named “Charleston Row” in a new upscale Charlotte development. “The building, inspired by Charleston’s famous ‘Rainbow Row,’ emulates signature elements from that picturesque frontage. And, perhaps the most meaningful to Pi Kappa Phi, is its exterior facade, which will be an exact replica of 90 Broad St. — the home of Simon Fogarty Jr. and the birthplace of Pi Kappa Phi in December 1904.” The Pi Kapps will use about 12,500 sq feet of the space for offices as well as “museum space that “will also be designed to reflect turn-of-the-century Charleston in an effort to capture imagery of the Fogarty’s home on Broad Street.”

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