The new Rutherford

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The new Rutherford

The library on the hall’s first floor provides meeting space for students. Clockwise from lower left, Chandria Person, a sophomore from Columbus; Chandler Machemehl, a senior from Johns Creek; Harrison Cloud, a sophomore from Woodstock; Andrew Plaskowsky, a sophomore from Suwanee; Tess Watson, a sophomore from Kennesaw; and Will Murphy, a sophomore from Marietta.

The new Rutherford Hall opened to students in August with 261 beds—100 more than the previous residence hall—and an additional 80,000 square feet of living space. The original Rutherford, built in 1939 as a federal project with the Public Works Administration, was razed in summer 2012 after an analysis showed the building would be too difficult and expensive to renovate. In reconstructing the building, steps were taken to preserve the memory and the historic aesthetic of the Myers quadrangle, of which Rutherford is a part. Like its predecessor, the new Rutherford has monumental stairs leading from the Quad, signature columns, subtle arch work, Georgian brick details and traditional window design. It also features two fireplace mantels, preserved from the previous building, that serve as the focal point of parlors located at the entrance to the second floor. The mantels are decorated with mosaic tiles that residents added to the original Rutherford Hall. Several four-paneled doors taken from student rooms in the old hall are at the entrance to the new multipurpose room equipped to accommodate programs or events. The new residence hall offers double and single rooms with private bathrooms, multiple laundry and kitchen facilities, study rooms, a computer lab and individual room temperature controls. The building, named for Athens writer and educator Mildred Rutherford, also houses the Franklin Residential College. Modeled after Ivy League programs, the FRC integrates a close-knit community of students with faculty members to create the feel of a small college within a large university. In addition to nearly 160 students, a faculty family lives at Rutherford and regularly hosts students in their home, bringing intellectual excitement into residential life through interaction and engagement with ideas. The FRC is open to any student majoring or minoring in one of the 30 Franklin College of Arts and Sciences departments or schools and includes freshmen through seniors.

Spacious rooms with private baths offer comfortable living for students. Sophomore Brittany Savoie, from Gwinnett County,  studies on one side of the room while roommate Kristen LaFevers, also a sophomore from Gwinnett County, brushes her hair in the background.

Students enjoy an afternoon game of soccer on the Myers quadrangle in front of Rutherford.

Franklin Residental College members at the FRC Cookie night, hosted weekly by the FRC Residential Dean.

A bigger, better-equipped laundry room makes washing clothes easier for students like Sarah Cunningham, a sophomore from New Jersey.

Sophomore Rand Pope, of Brooks County, plays the piano, which was a staple in the original Rutherford Hall. It was tuned and repaired before being returned to the new building.

Lots of light makes the front lobby a comfortable place to study for Paul Serwotka, a sophomore from Germany.

Fourth floor resident Plaskowsky talks with Murphy, a resident assistant.

An iron railing lines the main staircase between the first and second floors.

The front and back of the building feature unique light fixtures.

Signature columns offer ornate detail.

The hall’s main public study room provides space for Rutherford residents to work together.