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Flagler College

74 King St, P. O. Box 1027, Saint Augustine, FL 32085
+1 904-829-6481
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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 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.

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LaSalle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

only saw it from the outside but what a sight, it was like no college I have seen before. it was raining and we were inside the trolley.

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Stow, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Great to hear the history and forethought behind this and other buildings he created in St Augustine. Excellent craftsmanship inside, still standing and carefully preserved. Must go.

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Knoxville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Such beautiful architecture, everything in St. Augustine is quaint and old Spanish-style décor, very nice.

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Sunny Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I loved this tour and learning about the rich history of the Ponce De Leon Hotel. The student who gave the tour was so knowledgeable and it was apparent that he had a passion and pride for sharing the history of his college. The Tiffany windows in the dining hall are a breathtaking site to behold. This is a must... More

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Tours are offered at specific times, and are given by Flagler College students. The former Ponce de Leon Hotel is the amazing setting - getaway for the elite in the early 20th century. Beautifully preserved - but used by the college today.

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hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This tour of the college was recommended and glad we went.Tour guide was a student at the college and was very professional and knowledgeable ( I think his name was Andrea) Fantastic histort connected to this former hotel.

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Student gave a wonderful brief overview of the College, along with a tour of the dinning room and a lecture Room.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful old Liberal Arts College set in a beautiful City. The Campus is great to walk around and there are some beautiful buildings to tour.

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Wow what a beautiful building, can't believe that college kids are eating in a cafeteria with tiffany windows worth $160 million. Very glad we took the tour, not to be missed if you are in St Augustine.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

Excellent time spent. Free, informative, like visiting a museum. Friendly, safe and worth the time. I would encourage anyone in town to stop by and see the former hotel rich with history.

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