History makes a profound statement in this Claremore home on an oversize lot at 205 N. Choctaw. The three-bedroom, two-bath house has been renovated. There is a detached two-car garage with living quarters above.
The restored home has a refined living room (below) with rich, colorful furniture upholstery and designer drapery treatment.
The kitchen and breakfast area is whimsical with its giant diamond black and white flooring and accent pieces reminiscent of early Americana.
World staff photos by Joe Iverson
A rich sense of history is found in the Claremore home at 205 N. Choctaw. The two-story, 2,680-square-foot restored house has three bedrooms, two baths, two living areas, two dining areas, kitchen, utility room, upstairs study, an attic and basement, and a detached two-car garage with upstairs living quarters.
Historians and residents of Claremore proudly brag about the home that dates back to 1902 while the state was still Indian Territory. Country Lane Press published a book, "called Recollections of Early Rogers County: Stories of Early Homes, Buildings and Pioneers," featuring the home.
The house was constructed by George Decatur Davis, who along with his partner, J.M. Bayless, established The Bank of Claremore. Davis' daughter, Frances, was married to Bayless. The couple's only child, Mary Ella, lived in the home for 40 years after the death of her parents. During the 1940s, the house was converted to apartments, then later it reverted back to a single-family dwelling.
Current owners, Wayne and Kathy Goulds, bought the property two years ago with restoration in mind. They recognized the intrinsic quality of the original workmanship, such as the oak flooring set in concentric rectangles and quaint wood carvings above the doorways and windows. Without disturbing the original character and excellence of the home, the Goulds painstakingly brought the house up to modern standards.
Wayne Goulds, president of the Git-N- Go Corp., sheds his corporate image and dons blue jeans for his home restoration hobby. Kathy Goulds is an interior designer. Between them, the couple has three sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren. The Goulds said they plan to purchase an acreage in the country, where their grandchildren can play.
The lot in Claremore, however, is large, measuring 135 feet along Choctaw and 120 feet deep along Fourth Street. The separate garage and living quarters are on the back of the lot. That structure originally was a stable, sheltering carriage horses and an English riding horse belonging to Mary Ella when she was a child. The quarters were for servants and -- as legend has it -- was the site of the first electric washing machine in Claremore. A porte-cochere extends off the rear of the main house where carriages pulled in.
Through the years, the interior of the home was rearranged. The kitchen is no longer on the west side of the house. There still is a door where ice was delivered. There is a buzzer in the dining room floor that was used to beckon servants. Stone and column pillars on the verandas were added in the '40s. Today, huge ferns hang on the porch and lazy wooden crackerbarrel rockers are cushioned by Americana- style pillows. Pineapple column finials offer hospitality.
Five decks of roofing were stripped to the rafters, and a new roof was put on. Masonite siding that looks like the original wood was applied to the exterior walls, and the original wood trim work was saved, restored and put back. Thirty-two custom-built windows were installed, two new storm doors were added, and heavy insulation was put in the walls and attic. Additionally, pier work was done as well as new electrical wiring and plumbing installed to comply with city code requirements. Also installed were two new heating and air conditioning units by Rheem. Overseeing much of the renovation was Carl Totton of Totton Construction of Coweta.
Kathy Goulds drew on her expertise for much of the interior. Used were colorful floral and plaid Raymond Waites designer wallpapers and fabrics. Drapery maker Shellie Schneider of Chelsea styled the window treatments. Many of the light fixtures were exchanged with new ones from Garbe's. New ceramic tile was put in the two baths. During the 1980s, new kitchen cabinetry was added, however Kathy Goulds had them taken down and raised. Now, there is more room for underlighting and an accessory area above for baskets, plants and pottery. An antique collector brought a 100-year-old green, cracked-paint window shutter from Pennsylvania to give nostalgic definition to the window above double porcelain sinks. New appliances include a Whirlpool range and microwave oven and Maytag dishwasher.
The foyer at the entry of the house has an old English staircase to the second story with twisted spindle balusters. The dining room to the right of the entry has a closed-off red brick fireplace and a 24-lamp chandelier hanging from the rouge red ceiling. Queen Anne-legged chairs sit around a distressed wood harvest table.
The formal living room features a built- in china hutch and a wingback chair with English red toile upholstery. The toile theme is carried through on the hall's wallpaper. The sitting room is a sunny porch-like area with a beadboard ceiling. The downstairs bath has a tub with claw feet and the original pedestal sink. A Roman shade with a ruffle valance is at the window. The utility room contains a washer and dryer and chest freezer. There is a door to the basement.
Upstairs, the master bedroom is dominated by a four-poster bed. Dark, romantic colors are used and trompe l'oeil floral touches are hand-painted around the ceiling. One of the guest bedrooms has refreshing sage green walls and the other bedroom is more masculine with burgundy stripes. A study, equipped with phone jacks and computer wiring, could be used as a fourth bedroom. It was once a "sleeping porch," and still has a "treehouse" feeling.
Outside, the Goulds tried to keep the old-fashioned sense with plantings of peonies, caladiums, impatiens, abelias, hostas and hydrandeas, in addition to the towering older trees.
Claremore is one of Oklahoma's fastest growing communities. Its population swelled from 13,280 to 20,085 during the past eight years and businesses are thriving. There are quality schools and many denominations of churches.
Representing the property is Deb Green of Gordona Duca Realtors. The house is listed for $199,900. Open house hours on Saturday and Sunday will be from 1 to 4 p.m. More information may be obtained by calling 342-1929.