Built in 1931 Rutherford House is named after one of the College’s most distinguished Old Boys , Nobel Laureate, Ernest Rutherford (1887-1889). Rutherford House was one of two boarding houses commissioned by the Board of Governors following the 1929 earthquake. Laying of the Foundation Stone of Rutherford House took place on 25 November 1930 by Nelson MP, and Minister of Education, Harry Atmore who said the new houses “… were designed in accordance with modern scientific requirements… they were to be earthquake proof.”
Rutherford House ceased to exit as a secondary school boarding house on 4 December 2014. The intention is to have a full refurbishment of Rutherford House as a boarding hostel completed by late November 2018.
In April 2017 the Nelson College Board of Trustees announced that the decision to proceed with the second stage of the Boarding development, the refurbishment of Rutherford House.
The Board will, upon receipt of full architectural plans and building tender documents consider a financial plan with the intention at this stage of having the refurbishment completed by the 4th Term in 2018.