Thursday, 3 September 2015

Rutherford House

Built in 1911 Rutherford House was the home of Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first Premier of Alberta and founder of the University of Alberta. Saved from demolition, it became an Alberta Provincial Historic Site in 1970. The house (open to visitors) has been restored and furnished with belongings of the Rutherford family among other Edwardian-era artifacts. Originally built on spacious grounds, it is presently quite hemmed in as buildings of the adjoining University of Alberta encroach onto it. 

It still has a nice garden at the front (with strategically placed seats) which made for a very pleasant sketching venue. 

Presently closed for renovations, the Arbour Room in Rutherford House is expected to re-open in 2015/16. On the menu in this tearoom is tea and scones…the latter baked from the exact recipe of Mrs. Rutherford!

Here is the side view showing the tearoom on the right at the back of the house (a converted sun room)

I’m starting to like using my Pentel Brush Pen and appreciating a good watercolour paper sketchbook.

Copic multiliner, Pentel Brush Pen, watercolour,  on #Strathmore400 series Watercolour Journal 7.75”x9.75”

For more information on Rutherford House.

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