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What they’re saying about Fire Station No. 6

With Axiom fully settled in on Feb. 27 at its new address on 1702 Washington Ave., business proceeded seamlessly going forward, while word quickly spread throughout the Sixth Ward and beyond.

Once the home of “Rough and Ready” firefighters during the early 1900s, Fire Station No. 6 is now the cradle of creative energy that has been the hallmark the Axiom team and its founder, Tom Hair, since 1998.

In less than three months since taking up residence in the Sixth Ward just west of downtown, Axiom’s new home has gotten favorable media coverage.

KUHF-FM 88.7 Houston Public Radio was the first to cover the restoration of the historic station. Reporter Pat Hernandez was the first media member to tour the building, which was conducted by Tom Hair. For more about the April 26 KUHF story on Fire Station No. 6, click here.

On April 30, CultureMap posted a photo essay by reporter Whitney Radley on the restored building, which includes an image of downtown Houston from the rooftop. Radley was the first reporter to stand on the roof of Fire Station No. 6 during her tour of the building on April 27.

The social media engine quietly kept running as our Twitter and Facebook pages underwent modest spikes in traffic. The #FireStation6 conversation is gaining interest, followers are gathering @axiomcreative; the “likes” are increasing on facebook.com/AxiomCreativeEnergy.

About a week after the CultureMap story was published, Olivia Alvarez of the Houston Press interviewed Tom Hair for her “Art Attack” blog. The photos used for the May 4 entry — including a “before” image and an “after” image — provide perspective on how far Fire Station No. 6 has come during the restoration process.

Other websites added to the buzz. Fire Engineering, a 133-year-old national firefighting trade publication based in New Jersey, posted a story on Houston’s Fire Station No. 6 on its website. Locally, Ultimate Montrose and Preservation Houston posted stories on their websites this month.

The Houston Chronicle’s Melanie Warner interviewed Tom Hair during a tour on May 9. Five days later, she returned to take a slide down the fire pole, which has been growing in popularity.

And now, Axiom is preparing for a commemoration ceremony on May 22. More media attention is expected, along with a group of current Fire Station No. 6 firefighters and retired HFD fire chiefs.

The Fire Station No. 6 media adventure is revving up. Stay tuned.

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