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“Beautiful building...Great tour!” 5 of 5 stars
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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 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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“Beautiful building...Great tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Well worth the visit if you want to see and learn a bit of history about the Saint Augustine area. The building is beautiful with so much original architecture! I would strongly recommend that you take the guided tour as it is very well worth the money.

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“Well Worth a Stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Flagler College is a great spot to take pictures. The architecture is like none other and you can go inside the lobby to view a free video. They also offer tours for $10 per person.

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“Great Piece of History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

I love visiting this beautiful college formally known as Hotel Ponce de Leon. The students give all the tours and are great at it-kuddos to all of them! The detail in the art and design that was done so many years ago is breathtaking! Take a moment to visit I know you will love it too.

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Dayton, Ohio, United States
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“Absolutely stunning!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

A definite MUST see! We hope to have our youngest son take advantage of what this college has to offer. Bring the family for a wonderful tour. It's full of Flagler history!

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“Great little tour!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Take the tour of Flagler College if you are a history buff. Once a magnificent hotel from the gilded age,the tour gives you an hour of history and insite into the man who built it and marvelous architectural treasure it is. Dana, our guide, was a delight!

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