Rutherford House Edmonton
Rutherford House Edmonton
A trip into Edmonton's Past
The Rutherford House Edmonton is a beautiful historic spot. It's perfect for a relaxing day with friends or a trip into Edmonton's past. You can even use it for a wedding venue.
Location: University of Alberta campus
Phone Number: 780-427-3995 or 780-422-2697
Fax: 780-42- 4288
Hours of operation:
Admission: For the most up-to-date info check here for Rutherford House Edmonton Admission Costs
Limited parking is available directly in front of Rutherford House.
If there is no space in the front of the house, visitors will be required to pay for parking at the nearby meters or university campus lots.
The House is wheelchair accessible for the main floor including restaurant, and basement washrooms and gift shop.
No handicapped access for visitors to the second floor.
Friends of Rutherford House Society operates the Arbour Restaurant and Tea Room as well as the Whatnot Gift Shop, both located in the Rutherford House.
Arbour Restaurant and Tea Room
11:00 to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, year round. Closed Mondays.
For more information, read our Arbour Restaurant Edmonton Review.
Rutherford House Edmonton Review
One sunny weekday my friend and I enjoyed delicious afternoon tea at the Arbour Room of the Rutherford House before touring the house itself.
A costumed interpreter escorted us through the house and cheerfully pointed out salient facts and interesting features of the house.
The Rutherford HouseThe Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site is a beautiful, century-old home on the campus of the University of Alberta.
Originally built to house Alberta's first Premier, the Rutherford House now stands as a monument to life and architecture of the early 1900s.
In keeping with the position of the Rutherford family in society in the early 1900s, the house was well-suited to host soirees, entertain students, faculty and other guests, and serve the family's needs comfortably.
Alexander Cameron (A. C.) Rutherford moved his family into the newly completed home in 1911.
Situated on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, the spacious home served as a hub of hospitality and entertainment for the Rutherford family and their many guests and friends.
Now restored, the house contains artifacts and furnishings from the Rutherford family and from the Edwardian era. Interpreters in period costume escort visitors throughout the house while recounting fascinating facts and tidbits from those early years.
After Mrs. Rutherford's death in 1939 the house was sold to and operated by the U of A's Delta Upsilon fraternity.
In the early 1970's the house was slated for removal until the University Women's Club strong lobbying saved the house, paving the way for the house to be opened as a provincial historic site in 1974.
Rutherford House Edmonton Weddings
The Rutherford House is a popular location for weddings in Edmonton.
The sweeping staircases and beautiful gardens provide memorable backgrounds for wedding ceremonies and photography.
Fees include a minimum two hours ceremony and reception booking with additional time available.
Services of a Rutherford House staff member are included in the cost to ensure your wedding runs smoothly. Fees also include event planning, historic tours, and a complimentary one year membership to Friends of Rutherford House Society.
The Arbour Room staff can provide catering for weddings. Sit down dinners for up to 35 and hors d'oeuvres receptions for up to 75 guests can be booked.
When a wedding ceremony is booked the party has exclusive use of the house and grounds.
The Arbour Room might be open during photography sessions so check with staff about the details of the times you wish to book you ceremony and photography session.
Tours and Programs
To arrange a tour of the house (fees apply) or speak to the event planner contact the Friends of Rutherford House Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-422-2797.
You can take a mini virtual tour by viewing these Rutherford House Pictures.
The Rutherford House Provincial Historical Site also offers excellent group programs for Guides, Brownies, Sparks, Cubs and Scouts.
School Programs for K5 through high school which include such learning experiences as:
Tour the house then play croquet or tour the gardens (weather permitting)
Various programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced English speakers
Unique birthday party themes for a variety of ages. See website for details.
Special events are offered all throughout the year. For complete details you can download a flyer from the website.
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