Fit For a Fireman
Marketing firm Fireman Creative finds a new home in a historic Pittsburgh engine house.
photo by Chuck Beard
Usually, finding a fireman in a firehouse isn’t remarkable. The case of Paul Fireman, however, is a bit different.
Over the course of three years, Fireman, president of marketing firm Fireman Creative (firemancreative.com), purchased and renovated the historic Engine House No. 16 on Penn Avenue to use as his office; the firm moved in earlier this year.
Put into service in 1889, Engine House No. 16 is surrounded by the former estates of H.J. Heinz, George Westinghouse and Henry Clay Frick in the heart of Point Breeze, a neighborhood that represents Pittsburgh’s industrial glory days. Fireman, a history buff, long had romanticized the idea of renovating a firehouse to call his own; loans from the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority and the U.S. Small Business Administration helped to make the project a reality.
The environmentally friendly Fireman Creative works with local and national clients on web design and digital marketing; the blend of new technology and a historic building creates a dichotomy gratifying to Fireman.
“I feel really proud to have my business here and to preserve Pittsburgh’s history,” he says. “We’ve brought it forward and made it pretty modern — but at the same time, we honor the past.”