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Restoration: A Refreshing Path Toward History

The restoration of Fire Station No. 6 extends beyond the building itself.

A curbside view of the Cedar Bayou brick-laden station at 1702 Washington Ave. appears reminiscent of its early 20th century origins (Fire Station No. 6 first opened in 1903). And just a few feet from the curb, the sidewalk in front of the building underwent improvements, too.

During the renovation, a portion of the sidewalk was noticed for its distinct pattern in spite of wild grass obscuring it over the years. Although sidewalks are property of the City of Houston, Axiom president Tom Hair appreciated the aesthetic of the 8-inch-square “pavers.”

He gained permission from the City to repave the sidewalk in front of the station with pavers that matched the terra cotta color of the original sidewalk pavers (and the station’s bricks). Gray border pavers were added to the sides of the sidewalk. The paver stones underwent a tumbling process for an aged look that was complementary to that of the station.

As visitors approach Fire Station No. 6, the path under their feet is part a unique journey into Axiom’s new home.

“The experience starts before you walk in,” Hair said.

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Since 1998, Axiom has thrived as a hybrid advertising agency/marketing communications firm that fuses marketing strategy with compelling creative to solve business problems and drive opportunities for clients worldwide. Based in Houston, Axiom provides corporate and product branding, advertising and media planning, integrated screen and print programs, and investor relations materials with an emphasis on creative solutions for energy-focused companies.

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