History of Our Home

In 1848 William Carter purchased land where Fountain Park is now located.  Documents show a land grant was filed in 1854 from the United States of America under President James K. Polk.  The land was sold in 1856 to General Caleb Booth and his wife Henrietta.

In 1877 Richard Bonson purchased this property.  At that time there was a circa 1858 house and outbuildings present.  In 1878 Richard Bonson and his wife Harriet began building “Burnage Villa”, the Italianate Revival style brick home named after the street in Manchester, England where Harriet had lived.  Today, the Kuttler Dental Team makes their home in the Italianate mansion, offering patients a touch of history and romance delightfully interwoven with the elegant aspects of their modern practice.

In 1950 the property was given to the Dominican Fathers to house their St. Rose of Lima House of Studies, a Dominican College.  After it closed in 1956, Wahlert High School purchased the property and established The Vianny House and Regina Convent to house priests and nuns who taught at  Wahlert High School.  Ownership changed again in 1983 when the Archdiocese of Dubuque sold the land and buildings to the Calvary Baptist Church.

In 2001 Tom and Julie Kane purchased "The Fountain Park" and in 2002 Sharon and Bill Kuttler joined them in the Fountain Park vision.  We all committed to create a state of the art dental office that maintained the architectural integrity of the Bonson Mansion, while at the same time to create a place of contemporary character and distinction.

January 26, 2004 The Kuttler Dental Team moved from their Stoneman Road location that had been their dental home since 1978, and opened the historic doors at Fountain Park.  The result had been a stunning, spa-like environment in which The Kuttler Dental Team continues its own history - that of exceptional, health-centered, comprehensive care.

These copyrighted images appear in "The Bonson Diaries 1840 - 1904." They are republished here with the permission of Robert Bonson.