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 closed to students on 4 December 2014 while full refurbishments were completed. These were completed in late 2018 and it will once again house students from 2019.