Felician Castle Depicted in Mural

Felician College President Dr. Anne Prisco with Rick Dabagian and Jim Kirkos of the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce, proudly showing a mural featuring the Castle on the Rutherford campus.

The Castle at Felician College is one of the iconic images featured in a painting recently unveiled by the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce at a ceremony in its Rutherford offices.

The 145-year-old Castle, located on Felician’s picturesque Rutherford campus, was chosen to be included in the artwork, called “The Meadowlands Experience,” along with the Liberty Science Center, the Meadowlands Rail Station at the Sports Complex, Teterboro Airport, Met Life Stadium and the Statue of Liberty, among others. In all, 19 images were depicted in the painting, created by local New Jersey artist James Fiorentino.

According to MRCC officials, the painting reflects the region’s evolution since the 1970s when the Chamber first began serving businesses in the Meadowlands. Fiorentino’s painting will grace the cover of the Commemorative 40th Anniversary issue of Meadowlands USA, due out this month.

Felician College acquired the Castle in 1997 when it purchased the 10.5 acre Rutherford campus. Restoration of the historic structure to its original grandeur took nearly 14 years to complete. A Historic Sites Management planning grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust helped fund the first stage of the massive renovation project. Subsequent grants from the New Jersey historic trust and the Bergen County Historic preservation trust helped fund further renovations. The Castle was unanimously approved for inclusion on the New Jersey register of Historic Places in 2004 and has been awarded the New Jersey Historic Preservation Award and the Bergen County Historic Preservation Commendation. It is also included on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Castle presently houses the College’s chapel and administrative offices of Admission, Alumni Relations and Institutional Advancement. Its first floor functions as a campus center area with study space and a café. In addition, the first-floor parlors and meeting rooms are available for use by the public.