Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison and Florham Park

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus

Fairleigh Dickinson University is the largest private university in New Jersey with two campuses in the Garden State, one center in Canada, and another in England. It was founded by Dr. Peter Sammartino and his wife, Sally, and named after the benefactor Colonel Fairleigh S. Dickinson, who founded Becton Dickinson


The Campus at Florham's address is on Madison Avenue in the Madison, New Jersey. Right down Madison Avenue is another fine New Jersey institution of higher learning, Drew University.
 

This area of the road, stretching from Madison to Morristown, was known as Millionaire’s Row. Many wealthy families lived here, including those with the names of Dodge, Morgan, Gibbons, Twombly, and Vanderbilt. 


The road also included the estate of Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly (the granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was the richest man in America) and her husband Hamilton McKown Twombly. They built their estate, Florham, which comes from combing their two first names. The name of their estate was eventually combined with name of another estate to form Florham Park, New Jersey (I wrote about the Little Red Schoolhouse in Florham Park two weeks ago).

This is important, because the Florham  mansion eventually became the heart of the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson. The sprawling campus is actually located both in Madison and Florham Park. 


The 100-room estate was designed by the preeminent architect Stanford White, and the grounds designed by Frederick Olmsted, who designed Central Park (and Branch Brook Park in Newark). Olmsted is considered the founder of American landscape architecture.

 
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus 
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus


On your way to the main building you will see Reuter’s Rock. During the school year students will paint important messages on the Rock about current campus events. 
 
Reuter's Rock, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus


This large building, now known as “The Mansion,” is now the main campus building at FDU. Administrative offices and classes and lectures are offered here.

The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus
The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus
The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus

As the university website says: 

The landscape was planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, who is renowned as the designer of New York City's Central Park. The surviving principal buildings, designed in Georgian style by the firm McKim, Mead, & White in the 1890s, have been adapted for educational uses. The 100-room mansion Hennessy Hall, centerpiece of the campus, is a work of Stanford White; it is a replica of a wing in King Henry VIII's Hampton Court. Most of its interior decorations (such as staircases and fireplaces) are in Italian marble, worked by craftsmen brought from the same country. In addition to classrooms and offices, the Hennessy Hall holds Hartman Lounge -- the chestnut-paneled former billiard room -- and the Lenfell Hall drawing room.

The inside rooms are ornate and very beautiful. I took the interior photos with my iPhone 5.

The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus
The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus

To read more about the history of Fairleigh Dickinson university and the educational programs offered, visit their website! The university currently offers more than 100 degree programs!

You can read more about the Florham estate, including links to some wonderful photographs and articles about Florence Vanderbilt and her family, here

Linking to:

Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy
Our World Tuesday @ Our World Tuesday
Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday
Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Thursday Favorite Things@Katherine's Corner 
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme


Have a wonderful week! 

32 comments:

  1. Great grounds to walk one, but study - no, thank you, one doctorate is enough:)

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  2. This university looks absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing over Toronto Teacher Mom>!

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  3. I enjoyed the photos their so grand :-)

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  4. Thanks for taking us along. This is a beautiful campus.

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  5. So much history. Glad you shared with us.

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  6. Another beautiful place I have never visited!! You highlight northern New Jersey very well and give me lots of good ideas to expand my horizons!!

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    1. Great! I'm sure you'll enjoy northern New Jersey!

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  7. You've got me curious to see the grounds and the mansion in person. One day, perhaps.
    Take 25 to Hollister

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  8. WOW! Such a gorgeous place! THanks for your awesome post!

    http://www.homeofohm.com/2015/08/another-busy-week-wordlesswednesday.html

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  9. What an amazing house! So majestic!

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  10. I didn't know Olmsted designed the campus -- no wonder it's so beautiful.

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    1. Olmsted designed quite a few landscapes in New Jersey. He was the best.

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  11. One of the reasons I enjoy blogging is finding friends who live in other places and seeing a bit of their world. You did a great job of this..you made it interesting seeing a little of the campus by telling us about the mansion and also about the landscape designer. Thanks for sharing...
    Mama Bear

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  12. Very beautiful. Love the building. I would love to stroll around for a while.

    http://csuhpat1.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-walt-disney-family-museum.html

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    1. It's a peaceful place in the summer! I'm sure it will be beautiful in the fall.

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  13. I enjoyed this post very much. It;s such a beautiful place.

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  14. What a beautiful building

    mollyxxx

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  15. Beautiful Pictures. You show the beauty NJ has. Often it gets a bad rap. I grew up in East Hanover as well

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  16. Thanks for this post on FDU which I attended as a graduate student. It is a beautiful campus, I agree especially the mansion.

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