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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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Suttons Bay, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Since everything in this historic town is a direct reflection of Henry Flagler's vision and generosity, this tour is a must. Our tour guide John,was excellent. Jim and Linda Munro Korner Kottage Bed & Breakfast Suttons Bay, Michigan

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Visiting family while on holiday from the UK. Very intresting tour of this "historic" college. Great building Nice people Intresting history But not very old. I supose age is relitive Would I recomend? -YES

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Thanks to Nathan, our tour guide, I now have a deep understanding on how Flagler brought tourism to Florida before Walt Disney! If you have a love of the Gilded Age and an appreciation of architecture from this era then this is your tour! Tour lasts about 1 hour. My 6 & 11 year old loved it and understood some... More

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Portage, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

We went through some of the school. The tour wasn't what I thought it would be. It was short and they only showed us a few room.

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Falling Waters, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW via mobile

The college student that provided the tour today did a great job. She spoke clearly and provided a lot of history of the original hotel and now college.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

Flagler College conducts public tours at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. to see the interior of some of the college. The architecture is amazing. Tiffany glass panels, period furniture. Austrian crystal chandeliers and paintings adorn the areas we were shown. The student dining room is spectacular with original chairs and tables. There are coats of arms overhead, a huge domed... More

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Orangeville, Canada
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109 reviews 109 reviews
28 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The tour is about 30 minutes and then there is a 20 minute video...I would suggest doing both parts for full information. The college is very impressive and certainly worth the price of the tour.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Beautiful building but thought we'd see the whole campus versus three rooms of the Ponce de Leon hotel. Wouldn't repeat though our guide was VERY sweet!

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Flagler is probably one of the prettiest college campuses in America. Located in a palatial Victorian former hotel (and named for that hotelier), it has become a tourist attraction in its own right. Because it's a working college, only a few areas are open to visitors, but they are stunning. Bring a camera!

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Orange Park, Florida
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a must see while you are in St. Augustine. The architecture is something special with the spanish tile roofs, the grounds, fountain, the inside with the wooden carved pillars and ceilings. Something to be seen. Take the tour as it is very informative and interesting. What a place to go to college.....amazing!!!!

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