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FS6 restoration casting a wide ‘Net presence

Historic Fire Station No. 6 has received plenty of interest and support from a number of different groups in Houston including firefighters, city officials and not least, preservation organizations.
Since news of Axiom’s restoration efforts appeared online in April, media reaction has been strong.

KUHF-FM 88.7, Ch. 13, the Houston Chronicle and Houston Business Journal each have reported on the building. Axiom president Tom Hair has fielded a number of interview requests from reporters and bloggers. Associate creative director Philip Ransdell and project manager Matt Schott
have shared their observations on what it’s like to work in a place that has a fire pole and retro artifacts. Axiom staffers have become accustomed to Houston firefighters dropping by for a tour of the building.

It’s the Internet, however, that has given Fire Station No. 6 “street cred” nationally when it comes to successfully preserving the building and repurposing it. On July 10, The Atlantic Cities”>, based in Washington, D.C., posted a Fire Station No. 6 on its website courtesy of its fellow D.C.-based content partner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation. NTHP blogger David Garber noted that the Fire Station No. 6 story he originally posted on July 3 was the first story his organization has shared with The Atlantic Cities site.

These sites were not the first to put Fire Station No. 6 on the national scene. Fire Engineering, a 133-year-old trade publication for firefighters nationwide, posted a Fire Station No. 6 story on May 8 on its website.

Of course, Houston-based websites such as CultureMap (April 30) and the HoustonPress.com’s “Art Attack” blog (May 4) were on the ground floor in posting their stories early on as Fire Station No. 6′s exposure increased.

The publicity hasn’t gone to Tom Hair’s head nor those of his employees; there’s a lot of work to do. Rather, the media attention is another intangible that feeds the creative energy of the workplace. Inside the station, it’s business as usual.

That is, until the next interview. Stay tuned.

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