Legacy Financial maintains Kokomo history
Alyx Arnett | Posted:
Thursday, July 25,
2013 8:23 am
Fire Station No. 4, now
Group, doesn’t house fire
trucks anymore, but the legacy of the fire station lives on.
When new owner Tina
Williams moved in,
one of her hopes was to keep the
building looking a little bit like the fire station. With the help of
Scott Pitcher of Fortune Management, her goal was met — and exceeded.
“What’s really cool about
it is it’s the
old fire station, and being
able to remodel it as a business and not demolish it is what we
wanted,” said Ryan Williams of Legacy Financial Group, which moved from
its location at 1958 W. Boulevard to the old fire station at 2626 S.
Webster St. on April 25.
Along with keeping some of
of the fire station in place,
Pitcher incorporated several aspects of Kokomo’s history in the
building — including Kokomo brick and Kokomo Opalescent Glass.
In addition to Kokomo-made
salvaged material was incorporated
throughout the building, including 121-year-old tin from an old bank
that was used in the ceiling, an old piano that was remade into
Legacy’s front desk, and re-purposed marble from countertops that was
used in the flooring.
The best part about the
said, is all of the history
in the building.
“If I had to give one
answer of what we
like so much, I think it’s the
history behind it because so many times nowadays people just go in and
completely demolish a building, but it’s really neat to see somebody
like (Pitcher) coming in with all these old pieces and cleaning them up
and making them look like a million bucks,” he said.
Since opening, Williams
said clients have
been commenting on the unique
design of the business.
“The clients are amazed
that somebody had
this much Kokomo brick and
someone had this idea to bring it inside and use it on the interior,”
he said, pointing out the brick that covers several walls.
As far as the piano
said that gets a lot of
“People look at it and say
it looks like
something out of a church, and
we try to make them guess what it was,” he said.
With the unique and
atmosphere, Williams said the building
is just what they were looking for. “It’s really important for us for
our clients to feel like they’re not coming into a real sterile
environment. We want them to feel comfortable when they come in, and we
think they do,” he said.
For Pitcher, the building
first fire station he worked to
remodel into a business. Pitcher transformed Fire Station No. 1 into
Bolinger Law Firm and the original Fire Station No. 2 into Awesome Air.
Pitcher said with this
fire station, it
was built well enough that he
was able to use materials that wouldn’t be practical in other
“That fire station in
built phenomenally well, so the
structure would hold heavy masonry materials on the inside. That’s why
we decided to use them,” he said. “That opportunity is rather rare, and
when you can use exterior grade material like that on the inside it has
a huge architectural impact.”
The Kokomo bricks that
were used in the
building came from a building
that collapsed on North Union Street a couple years ago. The tin came
from Knox, Ind., and the other materials that were used came from
throughout Kokomo and Logansport.
“We’re really happy with
the way it
turned out. (Williams) was renting
a beautiful office before this, so we had to make this even better. We
think we’ve accomplished that,” Pitcher said.