library was Mr. Rutherford's domain, and was often the room where he
would choose to entertain his guests. A striking contrast to the
brightly coloured parlour, the library is floor-to-ceiling fir
bookshelves, currently home to nearly one thousand books. In 1915,
university students were especially prone to borrow from Mr.
Rutherford's collection because of a rumour concerning forgotten
money (used as bookmarks) to be found between the pages of the
books. Mr. Rutherford's collection of books reached its peak at over
four thousand! Presently there are only 1000 books in the library.
Many of the books from Mr. Rutherford's collection are currently in
the university library named in his honour.
largest room in the house, the dining room with its rich, burgundy
walls was the focal point of an evening of entertaining. Once it was
announced that dinner was served, up to 16 guests would be seated at
the dining room table. Following the etiquette of the time, a formal
Edwardian dinner would have up to 11 courses and last for at least
three hours. Mrs. Rutherford's dinner parties were well known to
local Edmontonians as elegant and friendly affairs.