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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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Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Flagler College's historic campus is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean in the heart...
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Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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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Southern New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

This is a short tour, but worth your time. Our student guide was delightful and the gorgeous student dining hall, with it Tiffany glass windows is not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Dan was our guide and a great one at that. He took all of our questions and our group had many for him. Henry Flagler was a rich guy back in the 1800s who spent a lot of his money on building hotels. Interestingly, the one that is still functioning as a hotel, right across the street, is not nearly... More 

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

This tour is a must. The tour was led by senior student, John. Incredible history, architecture and art. John was very interesting and fun. Must see!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

We went into the main building that had like a rotunda ceiling. Gorgeous. If you have a chance you must see.

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South Daytona, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

This is a very lavish and fantastic restaurant. According to our waitress, years ago this large area used to be a swimming pool. Now it is a restaurant with small shops around it - all being underground. While eating, it gives you a very comfortable feeling. The food was delicious with nominal pricing.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

This historic hotel is all about the heyday of the Very Rich (Robber Barrens) of the late 1800's and early 1900's--lots of gold paint, Austrian crystal chandeliers, and Tiffany windows. The tour help us understand how St Augustine became the winter play grounds of the very rich. But, we did learn later at the Presbyterian Church that some of the... More 

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Ruskin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

let me start off by saying that our tour guide, Courtney, was just adorable. She will be a senior at the college and was full of personality and knowledge. We thoroughly enjoyed her tour and would highly recommend touring this beautiful place to everyone.

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Oneonta, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Very educational with regards to art, design, architecture and Florida history. Amazing detail in woodwork, design, painting, and craftsmanship that has held up so well for over 100 years. Renovations and repair have been required along the way and the beauty remains. I would like for the tour to last longer and include living quarters. Probably not appealing to children.

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Isle of Man
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

I am a real culture vulture and learnt so much on this tour, conducted by a student at Flagler College. The college was once the famous Ponce de Leon Hotel with 450 rooms, Tiffany windows and electricity installed by Thomas Edison. It was also the birthplace of the US Coast Guard Reserve who occupied the building during WW2. Some lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Flagler college is one of the best places to visit when in this historic town. You learn a lot by visiting this place about the history of florida.

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