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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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Ocala
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

great tour very informative,i feel i was there for that era like to make the tour every time i visit St Augustine,love the antique atmosphere.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Beautiful buildings and grounds -well worth a tour -be sure and go across the street and treat yourself to fine dining at 95 Cordova!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

From the moment you step on campus, Flagler College feels like family. Maybe it's that their flagship building, the old Ponce de Leon Hotel, casts a Hogwarts-like spell on visitors. More likely, it is just the friendliness and welcoming nature of everyone associated with this excellent institution. We look forward to visiting again soon!

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43 reviews 43 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

this is a great tour that tells the history of Flagler and his luxury hotel in the gilded era.The building and its architectural details is beautiful. The dining hall and reception rooms are spectacular. Very interesting and worth a visit

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Laguna Beach
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We arrived at 2:15, waited nearly 45 minutes to be told we missed the last tour of the day. (huh?) I replied it might be nice to have that posted. She informed me it was, to which I asked where? Blank face stared back. "Well the trolley drivers all know our times, they should have informed you." I quietly bit... More

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Kissimmee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Our tour host, Dana, provided us with a spectacular trip through the history of the college (it used to be a hotel), pointing out the amazing art and architecture of the main building as we moved indoors and out. Highlights included a visit to the amazing dining hall where dozens of Tiffany stained glass windows designed for the hotel remain... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

learned alot about Flagler College its' history. Great tour, very friendly, 2 hours information, etc. coffee, waters, dorms, full tour questions and answers. Scholarship info and met coaches

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is truly a remarkable attraction to see while in st. Augustine. the building is beautiful and filled with history. the tour guides take you around the campus and give you an inside look to parts of the now college and they are very friendly.

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Ponte Vedra Beach
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Great craftsmanship form the guilded era. Parking is a challenge during busy season. Now a private college...but open for tours.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Very detailed building with awesome history. Our young tour guide Dena King was great! (we are not related) We are from Ormond Beach and familiar with the Rockefellow/ Flagler things.

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