Located at 180 Rutland Road, Rutland Centennial Hall is the centerpiece of the Rutland Park Society. It is home to Rutland's annual May Days celebrations, the Community Market, Lil Bloomers Daycare, dances, weddings, church services, fitness groups and just about anything the community wants to use it for.
Rutland's Centennial Hall was built as Rutland's 1967 Centennial project. In October 1965, plans for the building, prepared by Hugh Fitzpatrick, were approved. Hugh, the architect, was given the contract to build the hall.
The building was to be built in the Rutland Centennial Park, and expected to cost in excess of $45,000. Rutland's population was about 6000. It was a bright day in may of 1966 when the first sod was turned, not by the usual shovel, but by a modern bulldozer, driven by Linda Cross, Rutland's reigning 'Miss McIntosh."
Federal and Provincial Government grants ($8,000), financial assistance from the Rutland Agricultural Society ($23,000), and canvassing for cash donations and pledges from the Rutland people made it possible to build this facility. Ed Taylor was hired to build and he worked day, night and weekends but only charged for and eight-hour day, five days per week. The rest he considered volunteer work. Volunteer labour was a big part of the construction. To promote and raise money the Committee held a series of amateur talent shows, choirs and concert nights, teas, suppers, films, auction sales, art exhibits, hobby shows etc.
As the Centennial Year arrived work was pushed toward completion. In February, the concrete block walls were completed, but further progress was delayed as they awaited the arrival of the laminated beams. Activities continued around the growing building and although it was not completely finished by the end of the Centennial year, it was ready for the official opening. On the 31st of December, 1967.