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

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 NEW

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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Lee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful place. The designs are eye catching and lots a great photo ops. Would love to see more

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Daytona Beach, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The best part of the college is the old designs which have been completely preserved for the public's and students enjoyment. There are also Tiffinay Stain Glass windows to admire.

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MIDLOTHIAN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Take the tour if you can,but don t miss stepping into grand loby of this former Ponce De Leon Hotel. Henry Flagler did a LOT for Florida and this is where he started,ending with Key West. Sadly,his largest hotel,on Miami River is gone without a trace,but THIS edifice is a fine monument to his life,struggles and work.

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Charlotte, Nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Astounding property! this was a luxury hotel converted into a college. all of the original amenities have been kept.

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Southeast US
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I was very pleasantly surprised by the Flagler college tour. Our guide was Mel, the student assembly president, and she did an OUTSTANDING job. The old Hotel Ponce de Leon is a beautiful, interesting place, and the story of Mr. Flagler was fascinating. We saved $1 each with a coupon from the brochure we picked up just outside the gift... More

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palmbay, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

not one of the oldest buildings by far but it gives you an excellent idea of how progressed we were in the late 19th century. We had a very new guide this time and for his first time he did pretty good. Even though he was very inexperienced we still loved the tour.

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Bradenton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We took the tour ($8 for seniors) of Flagler College, the former Ponce de Leon Hotel built by Henry Flagler. What a great experience. The tour guide, a rising senior, was very knowledgeable and friendly and provided a great experience. The tour primarily covered the hotel lobby, the unbelievably beautiful dining room and the "women's parlor". This place drips with... More

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Roanoke, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Just imagine, Thomas Edison was the electrician when this was built. It just doesn't get any better than that!!! The beauty of the outside only matches the beauty on the inside. This was the grandest hotel of the time. You will enjoy the history of this old building as you walk around and marvel at the workmanship that went into... More

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