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Rutherford House - The Front Hall, Staircase and Parlour 

Rutherford House: Front HallThe Rutherford Residence was designed first and foremost for elegant entertaining. The rich oak panelling and maple flooring of the spacious front hall provided guests with a stunning first impression of the family home. The central feature of the hall was its main staircase. With oak balustered rails and newels carved with the Scottish acorn and thistle, the staircase remains one of the Rutherford House's grandest features.

Rutherford House: Tea RoomUndoubtedly Mrs. Rutherford's favourite room, the parlour housed formal "At Home" afternoon teas, musical gatherings, and during the Great War, various Ladies Auxiliary Red Cross functions. Like all guest-related areas in the Rutherford home, the parlour was floored with maple, and boasted a wide curtained doorway to make it more open and inviting to visitors. The lovely furnishings and sunny ambiance made this room an ideal location for Hazel Rutherford's wedding to Stanley McCuaig in 1919. The room was painted pink for the occasion but has since been restored to the current goldenrod colour more accurate to the year 1915.

 

Reprinted with permission from the Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site


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