Care More for Claremore, a voluntary citizens group focused on improving the public image of the city’s residential and commercial buildings, has identified another historic home and business building as recepients of the monthly recognition program.

This month’s residential winner is Steve and Chrissy Streeter’s home at 315 E. 5th.

Steve Streeter said the home was built in 1907 and features architectural designs of the period.

“It was my grandparents home,” Streeter said. They purchased the property 70 years ago. Later Streeter’s father bought the home and it now remains in the family with the current Streeter family.

The house was recently renovated and showcases some of Claremore’s earliest residential history with a wrap-around porch and more.

The Antique Peddler’s Mall in downtown Claremore was recognized as the commercial property of the month.

This 1902 downtown building has had a facelift and is setting the standard for restoration efforts along the original business district’s main street, according to Phil Stowell, the city Community Image supervisor.

Stowell recognized business owner/operator Carol Grassi as a “leader in the community.”

“Your business is leaps and bounds ahead and leading the way in the renovation efforts downtown,” Stowell said.

Grassi and her late husband opened the antique mall in the store building nearly 12 years ago. They purchased the former hardware store in 1998 and have painstakingly preserved the historic integrity of the building.

Grassi’s most recent work on the building included refurbishment of the outer stucco, a new paint job and lettering.

“It has the original tin ceiling and everything has been preserved as much as possible,” Grassi said. “Even the bins for the nuts and bolts and screws were left intact. We use them to display items.”

Many Claremore and county residents remember the building as Wilson Hardware, at the corner of Missouri and Will Rogers Boulevard.

“The same family had owned it all those years,” Grassi said. Now as Anitque Peddler’s Mall, it features 50 booths. “The main thing the public needs to know is that we offer quality antiques. We don’t have crafts or new items.”

Grassi said she has been involved in the antique business in downtown Claremore for the last 17 years.

“When I first came you could have shot a gun downtown and not hit anyone,” she said. That is not the case any longer. Grassi said at last count there were only two empty buildings downtown.

“Main Street (the business development group) coming in has helped us tremendously,” she said. “We had a group of people working to rebuild the downtown as a historic part of Claremore to visit. Since Main Street has come in, we have really been recognized more ... that’s how we got the streetscape project.”

Downtown is planning to mark the completion of the downtown street and sidewalk renovation project with a spring celebration.

Last month’s Care More winners were Gene and Judy Stinson’s historic home at 300 East Patti Page and Midtown Rental, a historic commercial building at the corner of 1st Street and J.M. Davis Boulevard.

Stinson and her late husband Gene purchased the historic home on Patti Page in 1972 and completed several renovation projects always keeping in mind the historic nature of the house. It was built in 1907

“We’ve done a lot to it,” Stinson said. She said it was originally owned and built by dentist Howard Kaho and later his son Noel.

Noel Kaho wrote the book, “Will Rogers Country” (circa 1941) and several plays. Stinson said she acquired a playbill for Noel’s “Front Porch” production from another local businesswoman Pearl Golden, who at one time owned the Will Rogers Hotel.

Stinson said the back porch of the house when built had a water cistern and the garage was originally a barn that housed the horses and buggy. They later redid the back porch and added a den, but the “main part of the house is still the same.”

Gene Stinson did a lot of the renovation and upkeep on the house before his death in August 2005. His last project was replacing the shingles on the second story.

Monthly winners are given a $100 credit on their monthly electric bill.