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New owner of Dutton house look to restore home to glory

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Bryan and Netha Wise hope to move into the Dutton house by June. Bryan and Netha Wise hope to move into the Dutton house by June.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - In Sioux City's Morningside neighborhood, there sits a home, the history of which dates back to 1888.

"They're one of the first people to settle in this area," said Netha Wise.

They are Manie and George Dutton, who built this home when they first moved to Sioux City. And historically, the Dutton's carry a lot of weight.

"They were the first people to have a motion picture theater on this side of the Mississippi. And they ran a print shop and a newspaper out of their home here," said Wise.

The Dutton's home, one of the first homes built in Morningside, has become an icon to the neighborhood and community. But in May 2011, a fire ravaged the home, leaving it in shambles and without an owner. That is, until Bryan and Netha Wise bought the home one year ago.

"We looked at the house and just fell in love with it. It had an awesome yard and just all the structure on the outside, we saw the potential," said Bryan Wise.

And now, the Wise's are reviving the three-story home.

"We want to restore it to the former beauty that it was before," said Netha.

The Wises has found many old relics from when the Duttons lived in the house. She says that history cannot be ignored.

"We want to just have it so it reflects the history of the Duttons. I just feel it's insulting to completely get rid of everything they did," said Netha.

When the Wises first bought the home, they salvaged everything they could find. And with all the great features the home has to offer, they plan on restoring as much of the character to the house as they possibly can.

From reusing doorknobs to light fixtures, the Wises want to bring out the history of the home. But they also want a place they can call their own.

"It will have a lot of that character from back in that day, but yet, all the new features of today, all blended and mixed together," said Bryan.

But until that character is revealed, the Wises will wait, knowing that this is their home.

It felt right. We knew it was our house," said Netha.

I just can't wait to move in this house so I can enjoy it," added Bryan.

Enjoy the house, and the stories they'll be able to tell about their new home.

The Dutton House is still red-tagged, but Bryan Wise says city council and inspectors are working with him to help remove the red tag.
    
The Wises hope to move in by early June.
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