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“Tour of Flagler College”
Review of Flagler College

Flagler College
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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.
Ormond Beach, Florida
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“Tour of Flagler College”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

Very interesting to learn how the rich and famous lived as Flagler was a hotel until it was converted to Flagler College in the 1960's.
Can you imagine being a student in a dining room decorated in Tiffany glass? Even the back stairway was covered in leather - of course, now cracked and worn. Our tour guide had oodles of history to share!

Visited May 2012
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Ashville, New York
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

Flagler College is beautiful! You can take a guided tour of facilities. The stained glass and old woodwork in the buildings make the tour a must!

Visited April 2012
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Crescent City, Florida
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“Short tour, but packed”
Reviewed May 15, 2012

Although we wanted to see more, the QUALITY of the tour was top! Learned a lot and won't soon forget it.

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Reviewed May 13, 2012

This is the fomer ultra exclusive Hotel Ponce De Leon which is now the women's dorm at Flagler College. While too much of the former majesty of the hotel has not been preserved, enough is to make it a must see stop. The tram stops right accross the street and they sell discounted tickets at the tram station.

Majestic courtyard, beautiful preserved lobby, former ladies' parlor and huge dining room still being used by the college, complete with tiffany glass windows are all worth the trip.


Visited May 2012
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

Loved our tour - is it such a beautiful building. Great history.

Visited May 2012
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