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City Hall facade gets a facelift mixing new with old in Dixon

DIXON – One of Dixon’s iconic buildings got a facelift this week, courtesy of Raynor Garage Doors.

The Dixon City Hall, located at 121 W. Second St. and once the home to the Dixon Fire Department, has three brand new garage doors replicating the look when the building was constructed in 1906.

“Raynor firmly believes in being an active member of the city of Dixon and the community at large,” Raynor Garage Doors Chairman and CEO Ray Neisewander III said. “We were honored to donate these doors to the department to restore the classic, elegant look to the old fire station with our product.”

The city employee in charge of the project was building and zoning official Tim Shipman, who has close ties to the building.

He joined the Dixon City Fire Department in 1993, and that department used the city building as its home until 2006, when it moved across the street. Shipman retired as chief last year before taking over as a building and zoning official.

The garage doors to the old fire department building were installed by Raynor in the late 1970s, and were beginning to show their age.

“Those doors were 70s vintage Raynor doors and they were tired,” Shipman said. “I knew that they needed to be replaced.”

Shipman’s idea was to have the new doors resemble the old doors installed more than 100 years ago. Those were carriage doors that swung in, to accommodate horses used in those days as transportation to get to fires.

Shipman called Neisewander with the idea about a year ago. Shipman met with various research and development people, as well as designers, over the past year. They decided on the Eden Coast door, one of Raynor’s top-of-the-line models.

Shipman then got a nice surprise from Neisewander.

“Once we decided, ‘Yep, we love that look,’ their company decided to donate the doors and the installation of them, which was fabulous,” Shipman said. “It was never my intent to get them donated, but it’s great for the city of Dixon. Raynor has always done a great job of wanting to be involved in the community. This was good for them, and a great product for us as well.”

MayoráLi Arellano Jr. was also pleased with the look and the cooperation.

“We are so blessedátoápartner with Raynor and receive new, vintage-design garage doors on one of the most historic buildings in our city,” Arellano said in a press release. “Raynor has been a part of the fabric of the Dixon community for 75 years. They go above and beyond to create solid products for consumers all over the country and we are extremely proud to call them one of our own.”

The cost of the new doors and installation would have been between $30,000 and $35,000. The original cost of the entire building in 1906 was $30,000.

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