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National Significance of Fire Station No. 6

National Significance of Fire Station No. 6

After restoring Fire Station No. 6 to become the new home for Axiom, a brand strategy and creative communications firm, President Tom Hair felt he had chosen an iconic building with architecture that possessed historic value. While this belief has been supported through recognition and awards from local preservation institutions, we have since discovered that the fire station hold national historic significance as well.

With the help of Preservation Houston, Axiom has recently learned that Fire Station No. 6 is included in the National Register of Historic Places. This register, organized by the U.S. Department of the Interior, catalogs a number of historic locations worthy of preservation, including historic buildings and structures throughout the nation.

In 1978, Fire Station No. 6 was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places and was revered for its architectural significance. The National Register highlighted the fire station’s wide central bay, which originally served as the building’s vehicle entrance, as well as the iconic arched windows ornamented by red brick molding. Only two buildings in Houston’s Sixth Ward were inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1978: Fire Station No. 6 and the Brunner building, which once housed the bottling works company, Vogler Bottlers. Of these two, Fire Station No. 6 is the only building left standing today.

While the induction of Fire Station No. 6 into the National Register predates Hair’s renovations, recognition for Fire Station No. 6 has steadily increased since the building’s restorations concluded in late 2011.

In January 2014, Axiom was honored with a Development of Distinction Award from the Urban Land Institute, an international organization. This award recognizes developments that demonstrate best practices in construction, design, economic viability, marketing, management and a positive impact on community health.

In 2013, Fire Station No. 6 received a Good Brick Award from Preservation Houston for excellence in historic preservation. During the 2013 Good Brick Award Ceremonies, Houston Mayor Annise Parker said, “That’s not just any old building, that’s the history of the city of Houston right there.” Later that year, the Fire Station was recognized for its achievement in historic preservation by being named a Landmark Award Finalist by the Houston Business Journal.

Multiple news outlets gave notable mention to the Fire Station’s Development of Distinction Award, including the Houston Business Journal, the Houston Chronicle, CultureMap Houston Magazine, KUHF Houston Public Media and in broadcast channels ABC13 News and MyFoxHouston.

Since 1978, Fire Station No. 6 has made a name for itself in iconic design and preservation. Axiom is excited to learn that Fire Station No. 6 is cataloged in the National Register of Historic Places and takes pride in the recognition the building has received in recent years. These achievements are part of the increasing reputation of the fire station in the Houston area and beyond. And Axiom is proud to call Fire Station No. 6 home.

About the Author

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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