A 2013 Good Brick for Fire Station No. 6

Jay Evans of the Houston Fire Dept., Mayor Annise Parker, and Axiom president Tom Hair (photo by David Yarbrough)

Tom Hair has an eye for design, and history on his side.

"That's not just any old building, that's the history of the city of Houston right there, with a capital C," said Houston Mayor Annise Parker at the 2013 Good Brick Awards ceremonies at River Oaks Country Club on Thursday night.

Mayor Parker, who owns a home that is a historic landmark, expressed praise for Fire Station No. 6 as a significant structure in the city. She added that the renovation was an excellent re-use of the building space.

From left: Cliff Carlin, Roger Caddell, Tom Hair, Jason Caddell (photo by David Yarbrough)

Hair, the founder and president of Axiom who oversaw a six-year restoration of Fire Station No. 6 (est. 1903) in Houston's historic Sixth Ward, was recognized by Preservation Houston (formerly the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance) with its Good Brick Award for excellence in historic preservation. Thursday's event was co-hosted by Preservation Houston Board member Doug Johnson and Ch. 13 reporter Deborah Wrigley.

Tom Hair and Molly McIntyre Hair (photo by David Yarbrough)

Highlights of the winning projects were captured in a slideshow presentation of "before" and "after" images as Fire Station No. 6 was the last Good Brick winner to be narrated by Johnson, who noted the station's 27 custom-built mahogany-framed windows as part of Tom Hair's commitment to staying true to the building's original design.  

David Veazey and Tom Hair (photo by David Yarbrough)

While Hair made his way to the podium to accept the Good Brick Award, he was quick to credit his project team afterward for their involvement in the restoration of Fire Station No. 6. They include general contractors Roger Caddell and son Jason Caddell; architects Cliff Carlin and Steve White; real estate consultant Donald L. Grieb Jr.; and masonry specialist David Veazey.

Fire Station No. 6 was one of 14 projects honored by Preservation Houston, which also celebrated its 35th anniversary during Thursday's event. Previous Good Brick winners include Lamar High School (est. 1937), River Oaks Theater (1939) and the Astrodome (1965).

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