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Iviswold Castle
Iviswold Castle in 2009
Iviswold is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Location 223 Montross Avenue Rutherford, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°49′51″N 74°6′43″W / 40.83083°N 74.11194°W / 40.83083; -74.11194Coordinates: 40°49′51″N 74°6′43″W / 40.83083°N 74.11194°W / 40.83083; -74.11194
Built 1869
Architect William Henry Miller
Governing body Felician College
NRHP Reference # 04001213[1]
NJRHP # 3743[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 4, 2004
Designated NJRHP June 18, 2004

Iviswold, also known as "The Castle", is a house originally constructed in 1869 located in what is now Rutherford, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. It was placed on the List of Registered Historic Places in New Jersey on November 4, 2004.[3] The house is part of the Rutherford campus of Felician College and underwent a renovation that was completed in 2013.[4]


The home was built in 1869 by Floyd W. Tomkins who called it "Hill House". It was purchased in 1887 by David Brinkerhoff Ivison who greatly expanded it and gave the home the name "Iviswold". The expansion was designed by the architect William Henry Miller. Ivison died in 1903 and Iviswold was sold and resold multiple times. During this period the building was used by the Rutherford Union Club.[5] In 1930 the building was owned by the Rutherford National Bank, then headed by Fairleigh S. Dickinson.[6] In 1942 Fairleigh Dickinson University was created and held the first classes within Iviswold. As the university grew it built multiple college buildings around Iviswold, but by the late 1980s the college was outgrowing their Rutherford campus, which was closed in 1994 and sold along with Iviswold to Felician College in 1997. Felician College spent several years restoring the building to its original condition.[7] The New Jersey Historic Trust contributed $1,550,000 to the restoration project.[5]


The original home was a two-story stone house with a mansard roof. The 1887 remodeling of the house was inspired by the Château de Chaumont in Loir-et-Cher, France.[5] The remodeling turned the building into a three-story turreted mansion with 25 rooms, including balconies, a music room and a porte-cochère. Local brownstone was used in the construction of the exterior walls.[5] In the 1930s, an indoor pool was installed with a water tower built into the structure to supply it. In the 1970s, when Fairleigh Dickinson was using the building for classroom space, the college covered up much of the original interior with drop ceilings and partition walls.[5]

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  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-28. 
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Bergen County" (PDF). NJ DEP - Historic Preservation Office. July 7, 2009. p. 19. Retrieved October 19, 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.ettc.net/njarts/details.cfm?ID=1310
  4. ^ "Renovation of Iviswold Castle on Felician College grounds complete". News12. March 22, 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Winters, Jaimie (17 March 2011). "Iviswold renewal nearly complete". The South Bergenite. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Office for Institutional Advancement, Felician College (Spring 2013). "The Castle at Felician College Opens After a 14-Year Wait" (PDF). Focus Magazine: 14–15. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.felician.edu/newsarticles/?article_id=439

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