When an old Tulsa Fire station becomes the home for a new business, neighbors are often curious about who's inside and what they do.
News on 6 reporter Rick Wells stopped in at the old station at 6th and Lewis to find out.
Joe Howell and Arlin Vancuren are landscape architects, they've got a conference room wall, in their new offices, full of ongoing projects, the biggest one, Tulsa's Centennial Walk.
Their new offices are in the old fire station at Lewis and 6th Street and appropriately the letters above the door say "Lewis 6 Studio"
That's caused a little confusion. Joe Howell says a lady walked in one day and wanted to sign her kids up for dance lessons. "We've had uh." Vancuren: "One guy was looking for like an acting studio, he thought we had something to do with films."
The News on 6 drove by and thought it was one of Tulsa's newer art galleries, we were all wrong. It was a fire station since it was built in 1928.
There's been considerable renovation inside to make it an office. There was a locker room and shower, the living quarters in the back have given over to storage. The fire house kitchen will still be a kitchen, but with an upgrade.
They wanted to keep the fire station look so the big front doors were replaced by lots of glass. The one thing they're proud of, and they're pretty sure no other firm in town has is a hose drying tower. The firerfighters would climb a ladder and hang wet hoses from up top to dry. Howell: "We need ideas. We need ideas for the hose drying tower." Wow I can't think of a thing, what would you do with it?
They say the most asked question is always, 'what happened to the pole?' The station never had a pole, the sleeping quarters were on the ground floor, no need for one.