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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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Riverview, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This was the first time that I have been to Flager College to take their tour. I really enjoyed it very much and would love to go back. The tour was led by one of the students that attends the college and she did a great job!!!! You can purchase tickets there and they are reasonably priced. I ended up... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This college is a true piece of Florida history. the buildings and grounds are lovely, and the students here are blessed to have such beauty surrounding them each day as they learn. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting this city.

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Kissimmee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

The architecture is a sight to see, and definitely worth stopping in. Once a hotel, it must have been a grand place to stay...

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

its a beautiful school with a beautiful history. Definitely worth a stop. Be sure to see the "haunted tile."

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Haines City, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

While we enjoyed the tour of Flagler College, our guide needed to study the history/biography of Henry M. Flagler before continuing any more tours! His "so called" facts were so far off, it made us actually question his information regarding the whole tour as to pertinent facts. We actually quit listening after awhile. Had we not searched the facts prior... More

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Students give the tour (2 times a day I think) and are they every knowledgeable! So very well organized in the presentation, covering all the important points and adding lots of interesting bits! and loved that they save the very best for last( the ladies waiting room) and there were lots of "very best bits" from gorgeous wood work, Tiffany... More

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FL, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building and grounds. Worth the $10.00 but we didn't get to see the rooms. They are dorm rooms now. Biggest collection of Tiffany glass in the world but we were off to one side in the dinning room. Gives you a feel for being 1% in the 1890's.

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Cape Charles, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Great information about an incredible icon and a legacy you must stop to savor. Tour provided by a senior student (Dana) who provide informative background, and a "user" perspective. You must carve out time to enjoy the architecture and historical implications of this forward thinking investor.

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The building the size that is and all you get to see is two rooms for $20! Forgive me students but go find some other building to sleep in and let people be able to enjoy the beauty the hotel holds inside. I was pissed.....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Who wouldn't want to visit this breathtakingly beautiful spot. A college in a former luxury resort...sign me up!

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