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Forgotten gem receives the Golden Hammer Award

This Jefferson City house at 712 E. High St., which is owned by Donna Deetz, is this month’s winner of the Golden Hammer Award.

This Jefferson City house at 712 E. High St., which is owned by Donna Deetz, is this month’s winner of the Golden Hammer Award. Photo by Julie Smith.

A “forgotten gem” was discovered at 712 E. High St. when Donna and Michel Deetz teamed up with Laurelanne Bellezzo on a business venture to create office and meeting space on Jefferson City's Near East End.

“Their rescue mission of this house has saved it from further abuse and neglect, and preserved for Jefferson City yet another piece of history,” said Deedie Bedosky, spokesman of the Historic City of Jefferson’s Golden Hammer Award selection committee.

Doing most of the work themselves, the team rebuilt a crumbling porch and retaining wall, and added landscaping and paint on the outside.

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