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A brick wall bordering a backyard garden at the Mead House includes terra cotta tiles and a figurehead of a helmeted firefighter (known as the 'Head of Mercury') that were salvaged from the former Fire Station No. 6 in downtown Tacoma, which was built in 1890. The fire station was damaged during an earthquake in 1949 and demolished in 1974. (PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN JOHNSON / ARTIFACTS CONSULTING)

A brick wall bordering a backyard garden at the Mead House includes terra cotta tiles and a figurehead of a helmeted firefighter (known as the ‘Head of Mercury’) that were salvaged from the former Fire Station No. 6 in downtown Tacoma, which was built in 1890. The fire station was damaged during an earthquake in 1949 and demolished in 1974. (PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN JOHNSON / ARTIFACTS CONSULTING)

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