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Flagler College

74 King St, P. O. Box 1027, Saint Augustine, FL 32085
904.829.6481
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Owner description: Flagler College's historic campus is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of St. Augustine, Fla., the “nation’s oldest... more » Owner description: Flagler College's historic campus is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of St. Augustine, Fla., the “nation’s oldest city.”The college is named for Henry Morrison Flagler, a Gilded Age industrialist, railroad pioneer and partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil. In 1888, Flagler built the Hotel Ponce de Leon, his first in a series of luxury resorts along Florida’s east coast. A masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture and the first major poured-in-place concrete building in the United States is now known as Ponce de Leon Hall. This National Historic Landmark serves as the centerpiece for the Flagler College.The grand hotel launched the careers of young architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings who are noted most for the New York Public Library and the House and Senate Office Buildings adjacent to the Capitol in Washington, D.C.The Edison Electric Company powered the building with steam heat and 4,000 electric lights, making the Ponce one of the nation’s first electrified buildings. Louis Comfort Tiffany is credited with the building’s interior design including the stained glass and mosaics. Murals were completed by George Willoughby Maynard and Virgilio Tojetti.The hotel was gifted to Flagler College when the institution was founded in 1968. Since then, the college has spent more than $43 million dollars restoring the historic campus and adding new buildings. « less
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Daytona Beach, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Through the years I have been to St. Augustine a gazillion times, but have never visited Flagler College. Don't make the same mistake I did...visit today. Carson was our tour guide and his personal passion for this beautiful structure shined throughout his delightfully and witty presentation. The building itself is simply breathtaking int he number of details and depth of... More

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Temple, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Beautiful architecture, rich history, incredible artwork, and the world's largest collection of intact Tiffany glass in its original location and function. We definitely recommend the guided tour (provided by college students with a superb knowledge of the history and the pride of a personal connection to their very unique college).

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Victoria BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

So beautiful! Wish I lived in the day to have been able to go when it was a hotel. It was incredible! The college students are truly privileged to have this opportunity to be in this beautiful museum for school.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Great tour. Very informative and a nice break from the heat. Our guide was a student and very knowleagable.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The college is housed in a hotel originally built in the 1880’s by Henry Flagler. The hotel was a retreat for prominent friends of Flagler, costing several hundred thousand dollars in advance to stay for the winter. The college includes original paintings, furniture, and Tiffany glass from the hotel. Tour guides are students at the college, and we were fortunate... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were impressed with the Flagler history. We had the opportunity to go inside the Tiffany stained glass dining hall. It is truly a marvel. Our tour guide Carson S. was very knowledgeable and made the "history" tour very fun. Ladies, you need to take the tour to see what the "real Tiffany" color looks like.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

What an amazing place!!! the onlly con was that it was so big I could not see it all in the time i had there.

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is such a beauty of wonderful wood staircases and beautiful marble flooring. A former hotel for the very rich it is elegant in every way. The round seating area in the lunchroom has windows done by Tiffany insured for over a million dollars. Self guided tour is free.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I returned time Alma Mater because they refurbished the 4th floor which wS closed during my years as a student. The campus has expanded so much and it is nice to see the the tours to share the history of the former hotel and college.

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Redmond, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The building exterior is a beautiful old Spanish style hotel worth photo ops. The tour of a bit of the interior is led by a college student who was good but a little over the top. The main draw is the Tiffany glass windows in the dining room, although they are significant, they are a bit under whelming. I still... More

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