RUTHERFORD, NJ—The New Jersey Chapter of theAmerican Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has honored Trenton-basedHistoric Building Architects with a merit award inthe historic preservation category for the firm's work onIviswold Castle, a magnificent late19th century mansion. “The Castle” hasrecently been reopened as the new Campus Center and the mainadministration building of Felician College inRutherford, NJ.

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When it was built and later enlarged, the mansion was givencountless decorative features—from lofty towers and clay-tile roofsto ornate plaster reliefs and elaborate woodwork. More than acentury later, when Felician College acquiredIviswold Castle, it commissionedHBA to prepare a Historic Structure Report and laythe groundwork for a step-by-step restoration by successfullynominating the mansion for the National Registry of HistoricPlaces.

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The college then asked HBA to undertake aselective interior removal project to expose the original historicfabric concealed by many alterations. Later, it selected HBA toplan and manage the thorough restoration of the mansion's beautifuland highly complex exterior and interior.

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Historic Building Architects completed the14-year, approximately $9-million restoration of the18,000-square-foot, three-story mansion last year. Today, themansion permits visitors to visit the historic building at settimes.

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Historic Building Architects' work onIviswold Castle is a leading example of carefulhistoric preservation,” says Kurt Kalafsky, AIA,president of AIA-NJ. “The building is now updatedand functional while retaining elements of the originalstructure.”

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HBA's founder and head, AnnabelleRadcliffe-Trenner, AIA, RIBA, says, “An old building isbest honored when the public gets good, long-term use out ofit.”

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Felician College and Historic BuildingArchitects were recently chosen for the top PreservationAward from the Victorian Society of America. The award recognizesthe creative adaptation of the Iviswold Castle toserve students, faculty, and administrators well in the presentage.

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