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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... 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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Wimauma, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This was one of those hotels for the very rich. The guide gave us a lot of info on the architecture and history of the hotel.

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71 reviews 71 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Just walked the grounds, took pix and visited bookstore. We both purchased our only souvenir tees as they were clever literature themed.

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Hudson Valley NY
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68 reviews 68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

It's quite beautiful, and has an interesting history. The windows are amazing. They have tours twice a day, and you should try to take the tour if your schedule allows.

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Ocala, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

A tour of the Flager College is a fascinating, historical and memorable event. The facility was originally built by Henry Flagler in 1885 as the Ponce de Leon Hotel.

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Parrish
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This is a magnificent building with alot of history in a beautiful city. Great place to get some awesome pictures. A gorgeous courtyard with a beautiful fountain to enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed the large collection of Tiffany stained glass windows, awesome carvings and much of the original furniture of the Ponce de Leon Hotel of the 1880's. Impressive, and I am so appreciate that the building has been preserved and is in use.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Just from the outside it is unbelievable! The history is well documented and told by all the guides.I am sure the students appreciate the history and are proud to be there.

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Buckeye Nation
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Mr.Flagger, was a very wealthy man.The college was once a resort for the ultra wealthy.This is very noticeable in the architecture of the building. Walk around take pictures avoid the tour a waste of money.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

What an impressive sight this is! Intricate design certain to 'wow' you. Well worth a walk to and into the building. So nice to learn something too.

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Central Florida, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Ponce de Leon Hotel was beautiful; however, the tour only covered the entryway, dining/eating room and the woman's parlor. It would have been nice to see a couple of dorm rooms since we're heard on tours how each room was very unique. Also, it seems like they could have shown us more stuff (library, offices, something). The tour guide... More

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