Rutherford Cottage

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Project Overview

The Rutherford Cottage, a wood-framed one-and-a-half-story dwelling, is nestled within a wooded area along Buffalo Street in Banff. Its historical significance is deeply rooted in its association with Alexander Cameron Rutherford, Alberta’s first Premier, making it a tangible relic of Banff’s early development.

Remarkably, this cottage has stood the test of time, virtually untouched since its construction in 1908, embodying the essence of Banff. While cherished for its rustic cottage design, it has succumbed to disrepair over the years. Recognizing its historical value, Shugarman Architecture was enlisted to undertake the preservation and restoration of its distinctive historical elements, all while carefully crafting an addition that seamlessly complements the original structure.

The core attributes of the original cottage, including its square layout, wrap-around veranda, large windows adorned with coloured glass, and gabled dormers with full returns have been fully conserved. The external red brick chimney and central fireplace saw a meticulous restoration.

The design of the new addition is a thoughtful endeavour to minimize its impact on the historic structure. It gracefully reinterprets the traditional pyramidal roof found in Banff with a modern touch. Importantly, no alterations will disrupt the character-defining elements of the original house, and the addition can be removed in the future without compromising these elements.

In summation, the Rutherford Cottage preservation project pays homage to the past while catering to the needs of the present. It deftly balances the conservation of the cottage’s historical essence with the introduction of contemporary elements that harmoniously coexist with the original structure. This approach ensures the enduring legacy of the cottage while facilitating practical adaptation for modern-day living.

Banff, Alberta
1,400 sqft.
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Associate, Intern Architect
Joel Piecowye
Intern Architect
Bryce Clayton
Architecture Visualization
Michael Ferster
Principal Architect
Michael Shugarman
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