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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This is the very best tour in St Augustine. It only runs twice a day - PLAN YOUR DAY AROUND THIS TOUR!!! It is unbelievable how amazing this Hotel/college is. This should be at the top of your to do list if you are coming to St Augustine

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Needham
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

He said his name was Andres, but if you did not like the tour it was Carson. He is supposedly an English Major and public speaking major, but was not able to prove either of these. His attempt at humor was inappropriate most of the time. His forced vocals took its toll on his voice after about 10 minutes. His... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Flagler College is a must see if you are visiting St. Augustine. Even if you don't want to go to college here, even if you don't have kids, you still need to see the magnificence that is Flagler. Tours are offered almost everyday, and they are extremely interesting, and the cool part is that the college students are your tour... More

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Largo, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The college is beautiful. We took the tour, and was disappointed because we only got to see the lobby, and the cafeteria. It would have been nice to be able to see a room from back in the day when it was a hotel. I realize that it is a college now, but they could have saved one room to... More

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Pembroke, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

It was an interesting exhibit for the most part. I have to admit, most of it was not what I go for. There were some history pieces I liked. For the money it was a good way to spend an hour.

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Tallassee, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The tour of the hotel which is now a college is historically interesting and the stain glass windows in the dining room or outstanding. Tours are given by students and are well worth the time.

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide, Carson, was especially knowledgable about the history of the area. The tours are given by students. Made sure you don't miss it.

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valdosta, georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Flagler College is well worth a "looksee"...beautiful architecture and a lovely campus. Everybody there is super friendly and helpful. Costs nothing but time and worth every minute of it.

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The Flagler College buildings are gorgeous and make for beautiful pictures! Don't forget to go full circle. The back area may be even more picturesque than the front!

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I've wanted to do this tour for decades, and finally did it. The exotic exterior of the former Ponce de Leon Hotel with its large courtyard hints at the history inside. The tour includes only 3 interior spaces and the courtyard, but there's a lot to see in those few rooms, including Tiffany windows, marble floors, an onyx clock, leather... More

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