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Hennessy Hall (The Mansion)

Hennessy Hall (The Mansion) is the centerpiece of the campus. This 100-room Georgian-style masterpiece was designed in the 1890s by Stanford White, and replicates a wing in Henry VIII’s Hampton Court. Most of its interior decorations (such as staircases and fireplaces) are in Italian marble, worked by Italian craftsmen. Hennessy also holds the chestnut-panelled Hartman Lounge (the former billiard room) and Lenfell Hall, then a ballroom and drawing room, now used for meetings and special events.

Today, Hennessy contains classrooms and administrative offices (see link at right). Visitors to campus also won’t want to miss the Italian and Clowney Gardens located along the sides and back of the mansion.

Reuter’s Rock

Reuter’s Rock is a massive, brightly-painted rock near the main entrance of the Mansion. Dubbed years ago by students in honor of a former faculty member with a reputation for being “hard as a rock,” it features the latest information about campus dances, concerts, and meetings.

The Science Building and Cottages are home to biology, chemistry, allied health and medical technology department. The buildings were adapted from the former carriage house and stables built in the late 1890s as part of the original Vanderbilt-Twombly estate.

Science Building

East and West Cottages

The East and West Cottages are home to the offices of the biology department faculty, as well as some of the biological research labs. They are located behind the Science Building, and have stood since the Twombly’s’ used this property for their summer home.

ZEN Building

Stadler, Zenner Academic Building (“ZEN Building”) features 20 state-of-the-art classrooms wired for computers and offering interactive television capabilities; seminar and conference rooms; and “Leafs and Grains,” a student/faculty lounge and snack bar.

Ferguson Recreation Center

The Roberta Chiaviello Ferguson and Thomas G. Ferguson Recreation Center is the home of the FDU Devils, the University’s Division III sports program. It features three full-size basketball courts, two racquetball courts, a weight-training room, fitness center, coaching offices, an elevated jogging track and a competition-sized swimming pool. The Recreation Center also houses the Rutherford Room.

Rothman Building

The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies (now the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship) was the first academic building in the nation dedicated solely to the study of entrepreneurship, and housed the first program of its kind in New Jersey. The Rothman Institute program now flourishes in Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), and the Rothman Building is the Florham Campus Admissions Office. The building also contains the Phyllis Rothman Forum, frequently the site of gallery openings and special lectures.

Dreyfuss Building

Dreyfuss Building houses classrooms, computer facilities, and department offices, including the office for the School of the Arts. Dreyfuss Theater is the site of student plays and special lectures. Computer facilities in Dreyfuss include four general-purpose computer labs open to classes and individual students, as well as a visualization lab with state-of-the-art editing and imaging equipment, and a specialized lab for digital graphics.

The Barn

In addition to offices of Campus Safety, Campus Facilities, and Continuing Education, The Barn houses the University’s black box theater.

Chaine House

The U.S. National Office of the Chaine des Rotisseurs [pronounced “shen day row tea sir”] moved in 2003 to its newly constructed headquarters on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“Mindful of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management’s unique location, notable faculty, industry created curriculum and global presence, the world’s oldest and most prestigious culinary society, the Chaine des Rotisseurs, has chosen the Florham Campus to locate its new U.S. headquarters and has provided significant room in its new building for the School’s offices, conference rooms and classroom space.”
– from hospitality-1st.com/

Monninger Center

The John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research is situated where walkways from residence halls and the student center meet walkways to the other academic resources of the Florham Campus — truly the Center of academic life for the campus. It offers learning spaces that range from small group study rooms to a 100-seat auditorium, linked by an open indoor crossroads with exhibit space. All of its spaces are equipped for wireless computing and for appropriate display technologies.

A gift from alumnus John Monninger, BS’65, and his wife, Joan, enabled the University to create this new learning environment, where students and faculty to come together in groups from one-on-one to large multimedia lectures, and to collaborate with each other with the support of modern library technologies.

The center makes extensive use of natural light, has high efficiency heating and air-conditioning units and uses recyclable materials wherever possible. It includes the sunny Orangerie, which originally provided the Florham estate with fresh citrus fruit through much of the year.

The Campus’s Academic Support Center resides within the Monninger Center, with multiple rooms dedicated to tutoring and aiding students in their area of study. Students can reserve tutors and times that fit their schedule, completely free of charge.

The Center’s library resources include — in addition to its 150,500+ general circulating and reference book volumes, and approximately 500 currently received journals in print — several non-circulating collections offering specialized research materials. These include the Douglas Lloyd Kahn Collection on the History of Photography and Film with some 2,500+ titles; and the smaller non-circulating collections of Literature by Black Authors, in particular African American writers in first editions; the Florham-Madison  and the Twombly estate collections; as well as the archives of Fairleigh Dickinson University founder Peter Sammartino; the New York Cultural Center (NYCC); and those of the Florham Campus. The library offers intercampus loans from the Giovatto Library on the Metropolitan Campus as well as from Mahoney Library at the College of St. Elizabeth. Interlibrary loan arrangements with other library resources nationwide are also available.

Student Center

Expanded by nearly 14,000 square feet in 2003, the Florham Campus Student Center is the hub for campus life. It features glass-enclosed coffeehouse, the Bottle Hill Pub, meeting space for the campus’s nearly 50 student clubs and organizations and the bookstore on the first floor. The main campus dining hall and “The Grill” are located on the second floor. The Student Center also contains the Office of Student Life and Career Development Center.

Wellness Center

The wellness center houses both the Student Health Services office and the Counseling and Psychological Services office. It is located inside the Danforth Avenue entrance, just behind the softball field. The wellness center is available to all students, and provides both care for physical ailments, as well as tending to the needs of those seeking psychological counseling.

Clowney Gardens

(text excerpt from Friends of Florham newsletter)

On June 4, l995, the restored Mansion Gardens were dedicated to the memory of the late William D. Clowney, a member of the Friends board and a trustee of the University. The dedication marked the first stage of the Friends’ long-term garden restoration program. “The Friends of Florham were a special interest for Bill,” Mrs. Mary Clowney recently remarked. “How the restored gardens would please him.”

Committee member Ann Granbery, A.S.L.A., was instrumental in the design and research for the restoration. She worked with Ted Ambrosiano, Grounds and Custodial Supervisor of FDU, to implement the project. Today, the garden has been restored to its original state. Gravel paths leading to and surrounding the lower octagonal garden have been replaced, and mature yews and mugho pines once again frame the fountain.

Italian Gardens


The Gatehouse is located just within the Main entrance to the campus on Madison Ave. The Literary Review and the FDU Press are found here.

Hamilton Park Conference Center

Our nearest neighbor is our newest partner. FDU has entered into a long term agreement with the Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center, Florham Park, NJ, to provide Silberman College of Business a location for its Center for Executive Leadership. The beautiful and well-equipped conference property is adjacent to the Florham Campus, steps away from all FDU’s academic resources in Madison.

The Center for Executive Leadership is the new home of the College’s Executive MBA programs and will also serve as the host for a wide range of lectures, seminars, and other learning experiences for business leaders from across the State.

Key learning services and amenities of conference center include:

  • direct, high-speed internet access for each student
  • state-of-the art teaching technologies
  • mobile tele-conferencing
  • centralized message center
  • access to on-site health club during class days
  • dining services

The Executive MBA is in residence at the Hamilton Park Conference Center. Each of these AACSB accredited programs has a streamlined curriculum that allows students to complete the degree in less than two years by taking classes on Saturdays.

Residence Halls

For more information on living on campus visit the Office of Residence Life webpage.

Twombly Residence Halls

Florence and Hamilton Twombly Residence halls are traditional-style residence halls that are co-ed by floor. Each spacious double room has cable television and high-speed internet access, and each floor has common bathrooms as well as free laundry facilities.

Twombly Lounge, a large relaxation and study space, provides a place for students to gather and spend time outside of their rooms. Twombly Lounge features a large projection screen TV, plenty of seating space for congregating or group studying, a baby grand piano for students to play, and is fully Wi-Fi enabled. Twombly Lounge also provides students with access to a 24-hour quiet exercise area.

Park Avenue Residence Halls

Park Avenue, which opened in 1999, features apartment style accommodations. Each 4-person apartment includes two double occupancy bedrooms with a private bath, a living room and kitchen with stove and refrigerator. Park Avenue houses upperclassmen and graduate students.

Rutherford Hall

Rutherford Hall, named for the University’s first campus, opened in 2003. Nearly 300 upperclassmen enjoy spacious double bedrooms with private bathroom. All rooms are individually climate controlled. Vending and laundry areas are located on each floor.

Danforth Hall

Danforth Hall, one of the Village Residence Halls, features suite-style living. Danforth suites consist of 3 double bedrooms, a common room, and a bathroom.

Village Residence Halls

The Village has nine suite-style buildings for upper-class and graduate students. Each has four- or six-person suites with a common living room and bathroom and two or three double bedrooms. Coed by suite, The Village is fully air-conditioned.