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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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Lisbon, Portugal
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Just walking around the campus takes you into another century. Beautiful architecture and right in the center of town so is easy access.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is a must visit while in St Augustine. Wish my kids had gone here. Didn't know it existed.Took a tour and learned a great deal about Mr Flagler and his accomplishments. Interesting about this being the first hotel with electricity and the length of stay required. The dining room that the students, take for granted, is ridiculously grand and... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The architecture of this building is phenomenal both inside and out. Tour by student was professional and enjoyable. I guess I would have liked to see more of the building but I understand the limitations since it is still in use as a dormitory.

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South Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

What a great college! The buildings are beautiful and the tour is just great. Not to long yet very informative, I've done it a couple of times and I learn something new every time.

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Waycross
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The beauty of the campus is awe inspiring. There is so much to see and do in St. Augustine that one might easily decide to skip a college tour but I'm glad that we didn't. If what our tour guide told us is true then St. Augustine as we know it owes it's being to Henry Flagler, his Ponce de... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is a fantastic place to visit even with all the other touristy things to do in St Augustine this is a special serene location to enjoy. The ceiling is unbelievably beautiful with architectural contrasts that make it stand out. There is paintings on ceilings that inspire awe and peacefulness and the dining room furniture, lighting fixtures, and woodwork combined... More

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oldsmar
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Who knew such gorgeous history existed. Great informative tour. What a well preserved piece of history. The Tiffany glass and windows were amazing. Lucky college students.

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Tombstone, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This college is the coolest looking college around. It was originally built by Flagler as a Hotel and later made into Flagler College. It has a great Italian style entry way with full ceiling murals and beautiful woodwork. Definitely worth a visit when in the area......

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We have had the honor of enjoying the people and cooks at Flagler college .those who could not go home for thanksgiving .stayed to serve even me .with grace and charm .dinner was all you could want .and being in such a georgus place . If you have not toured the college ,put this on your list of things to... More

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St. Augustine, FL. United States
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

One of my favorite stops with our visiting guests. You won't see woodwork and architecture like this many places. Flagler brought in European craftsmen in the 1880's to build his dream...and they delivered. Tours guided by "informed" students offered twice daily. You'll see what is probably the most glamous student dining room in America, complete with its million $ Tiffany... More

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