Facilities and Resources

At Felician, we understand that even the best students are limited without the proper facilities. So to ensure your success, both Lodi and Rutherford campuses offer cafeterias, study lounges, academic and administrative offices, and computer labs so you can get the most out of your education.

And to meet the diverse needs of a diverse student body, we offer a wide range of resources to make your life at Felician easier and more fulfilling. These include chapels, childcare, studios, research facilities, laboratories and much more – not to mention one of the world’s greatest resources only 12 miles away – New York City.

Conference and Event Services – Lodi and Rutherford

Felician University Offers Spacious and Intimate Venues for Community Organizations and Businesses Looking for Places to Meet and Hold Events
Whether your organization is looking to sponsor a concert for 1500 or host an intimate affair for 150, look no further than your own backyard. Felician University offers several modern, air-conditioned venues on its Lodi and Rutherford campuses for rent to civic, charitable, and private organizations and corporations. The Rutherford Chapter of UNICO, Estrada Entertainment, the NJ Foundation for Dance and Theater, and several Polish cultural shows, have already taken advantage of Felician University’s comfortable meeting rooms and gathering halls.
Lodi venues available for rent include:

  • John Breslin, Jr. Theatre with a seating capacity of 1500, which includes plush seating and a large stage
  • Goya Dining Hall which seats 350 and offers catering services

Groups of 150-250 are easily accommodated in either:

  • Harmony Hall
  • Lecture Hall

Groups of 35-45 are easily accommodated in various classrooms.

Consider hosting your next event at Felician University. Felician offers a variety of venues that fit a variety of needs.

…from lively concerts to intimate dinner parties
…from dance recitals to informative seminars

When helping to plan your event, Felician’s Community Cultural Affairs Office works hard to accommodate your space needs…whatever they may be!

Here’s what some of our customers have to say…
Kathy Renna Director of APPLAUSE

APPLAUSE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER has used the Breslin Theater at FELICIAN UNIVERSITY since 2005. We have performed many wonderful shows there that have thrilled many community members and delighted school trips for many years. Those shows include ANNIE, THE WIZARD OF OZ, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, FAME, GREASE, BYE BYE BIRDIE, and MANY MORE. The Theater is expertly run by Director of Community Affairs, Mary Mallia, and her wonderful team of talented, helpful and dependable staff. We consider FELICIAN UNIVERSITY like our family. They are always accommodating and kind in all of their dealings with us. We look forward to many more years at their beautiful Theater.

Len Leuci Administrator and Assistant Coordinator of the Jesus Story Bible Baptist Church

Thank you for your faithful support and hospitality in assisting us with our leading community outreach. We are thankful to have a long lasting relationship with Felician University and its staff and look forward to many more years of working together

Joan Saingas Office Manager – Bergen Catholic High School

We have utilized Felician University facility for many years and look forward to our continued success because of your accommodations. “Thank you for Everything”

James Wentick – New Apostolic Church
  • We have been utilizing Felician University for our special events for 40 years. It is like a second home to us, and the staff and Facilities are second to none!

To book a venue for an event, or if you have questions, please contact:
Mary F. Mallia
Director of Conference and Event Services
Phone: 201-559-6072
Fax: 201-355-1118

The Castle

In early 2013, Felician University opened the Castle – a magnificent 19th century structure that is truly the focal point of the picturesque Rutherford campus.

Originally known as Iviswold Castle, the building was constructed in 1869 by New York newspaperman and land developer Lloyd W. Tomkins. It was a simple mansard-roofed, two-story stone structure. Tomkins named the home “Hill House” because of its location on one of the highest hills in Rutherford.

In 1887, David Brinkerhoff Ivison, president of the American Book Company, purchased the house and hired architect William Henry Miller to transform it into the castle-like structure it is today, and named it “Iviswold.”

Following Ivison’s death in 1903, the castle was sold several times.

Between 1906 and 1915, the Schatzkins family made major renovations to the building, including a two-story addition and an indoor swimming pool on the second floor.

In 1930, the castle was taken over by the Rutherford National Bank, which at the time, was headed by Colonel Fairleigh S. Dickinson.

Eventually, the castle was used as administrative offices for Fairleigh Dickinson University, until the university left Rutherford in 1994 and consolidated on other campuses.

Felician University acquired the castle in 1997 when it purchased the 10.5-acre campus.

The Restoration

In the fall of 2001, a team of engineers, architects and historians descended on Felician University’s 19th century castle to begin plans for an estimated multi-million dollar renovation project to restore the 134-year landmark to its former glory. Members of the renovation team worked with original drawings to identify and remove all non-original materials installed during the last 50 years.

Utilizing an international theory of reconstruction, original fabrics were retained, preserved and reused whenever possible. Careful measures were taken to preserve as much of the original structure as possible and to restore the castle to its original beauty and grandeur.

A Historic Sites Management planning grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust helped to 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.

Hidden Treasures

Behind paneled walls and drop ceilings installed during Fairleigh Dickinson’s use of the building from 1942 and 1994, the project team uncovered a myriad of hidden treasures such as domed ceilings, a working dumbwaiter, ebony cornice moldings, wainscoting and original plaster moldings.

One of the most astonishing finds was a wall sculpture depicting a scene resembling 14th-century Florentine artwork found high above what was once a music room.

Other treasures uncovered included opalescent stained glass windows, an original red clay tile roof, and ornate wrought iron railings that grace upper-level balconies.

A New Beginning

The historic structure, renovated to maintain its original richness and beauty, serves as a campus center to meet the needs of the student body, which has more than doubled in the last decade. It will also house the university’s chapel and administrative offices of admission, alumni relations and institutional advancement. Its first-floor parlors and meeting rooms will also be available for use by the public.

Felician University Child Care Center

Felician University Child Care Center offers a preschool program for children between the ages of 3-5. Our curriculum prepares the children for kindergarten. We proudly serve Felician students, staff and families within our communities. For further information please visit our website or call at (973) 778-0093.