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Flagler College
74 King St, P. O. Box 1027, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
+1 904-829-6481
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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.
Palm Harbor, Florida
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“A Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We have been in St. Augustine before, but never got the chance to tour Flagler College. I'm so glad we paid for the tour. Not only is it guided by a Flagler student who is well versed In the history of the hotel, but also we get access to the dining hall and ladies parlor. Bring your camera, you've never seen a dining hall like this!

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“Rich History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

These beautiful buildings have a rich history. The buildings feature beautiful Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows, and the lights were wired by Thomas Edison himself. This hotel (now Flagler College) was used by the ultra wealthy from 1888. It's definitely worth visiting. The grounds and fountain are also beautiful.

Visited December 2013
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“A Must See.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

If your in St. Augustine take some time to take the hour tour in Flagler College. It's absolutely beautiful in there and my tour guide Riley was super adorable with her jokes. Lots of history to learn if you're into that kind of stuff, and Riley did an awesome job 'teaching' everyone.

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“How the other half lived”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I would highly recommend the Legacy Tours of Flagler College. The facility was built by Henry Flagler as the Ponce de Leon Hotel in the late 1800s. Strictly for the very wealthy, our guide Carson, who did a commendable job, said it was so exclusive you had to be invited by Flagler to stay at his hotel which cost $1,000 per night or a bargain rate of $100,000 for a four-month stay.
The hotel had lights, courtesy of Thomas Edison, six years before the White House did. And the stained glass windows were by Tiffany. It was the gilded age and this tour offers you a hint of how the upper crust lived back in the day.
When the luxury hotel closed, it would eventually become Flagler College and much restoration work has been done.
Guide Carson, a Flagler student, injected some puns and humor into the tour making it more entertaining. After an hour, I actually wished the tour had been longer. Cost of the tour was minimal and is conducted by students of Flagler.

Visited June 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Age of Opulence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This college was once the Hotel Ponce de Leon, and the details...the stained glass in the dining hall (the largest collection of in-use Tiffany stained glass in the world) the wood work, the furniture...it's all so beautiful. It is hard to believe that it's also an active college campus!

The guide was sweet and charming, and the tour, though not very long, is so worth taking to see all the beautiful work that was put into this sumptuous hotel. (It's also a nice escape from the heat!)

Visited May 2014
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