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Rutherford House   

Rutherford HouseRutherford House is the former residence of Alberta's first premier, Alexander Rutherford. This Edwardian era mansion has been restored to the year 1915 and has been designated a provincial historic site.

In February of 1911, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, his wife Mattie, and their two children Cecil and Hazel moved into their spacious new home overlooking the North Saskatchewan River. From then on, the house welcomed family, friends an the political and social elite of the day as the family hosted numerous meetings, press conferences, afternoon teas and dinner parties. The Rutherfords' tradition of hospitality continued until 1940, when Mattie Rutherford died in September of that year at age 74. Shortly thereafter Mr. Rutherford sold the property to the Delta Upsilon fraternity, who made the house their home for the next 28 years.

Mr. Rutherford died in June of 1941, at age 84, but the legacy of the home he had built with his family lives on to the present day. Renovated and furnished with both period and original artifacts with the assistance of Mrs. Hazel McCuaig, Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford's daughter, Rutherford House was opened as a provincial historic site in 1973. Today, it welcomes an annual average of over 28 000 visitors from across Alberta, Canada, and the world!

For specific information about Rutherford House, visit the Alberta Community Development website



Rutherford House was home to Alberta's first Premier. 

Read the Legacy article and learn more about the Rutherford's family life soon after Alberta officially became a province!

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