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RAFTERS. The mansion and estate of Robert BONSON had seen the development of MT. ST. ROSE SCHOOL, ST. ROSE OF LIMA HOUSE OF STUDIES, and the growth of CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH. The land was soon to become Fountain Park.

In June 2001, Fountain Park, LLC. an investment company, was formed by Tom and Julie Kane and the purchase of the land and the buildings at the northwest corner of Asbury and Chaney roads was completed. Renovations started immediately. The renovation of the dormitory building into the Springs Building was completed first. Among the first occupants of space in this building were a school of yoga and NORTHEAST IOWA SCHOOL OF MUSIC. In August 2002, renovations of the chapel started to transform it into Rafters restaurant. The area which had once held the altar became an elevated dining area. The theatre in the lower level was completely renovated and became known as the Bell Tower Theater and Event Center. It featured regularly scheduled performances of a wide variety and was available for meetings, seminars and receptions.

The final phase of renovation involved the original mansion. On 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.