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“Who would have Thought??”
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.
Frederick, Maryland
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“Who would have Thought??”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Have been to St Augustine a number of times but never had time to visit/tour Flagler College. Decided to tag along with some friends who wanted to do the tour. The tours are conducted by students of the college so you may get some useful and interesting information about the school and the town. Our guide was knowledgeable about the pre-college history of the main building (former luxury hotel) and provided interesting details on the man who built the hotel and made Florida a vacation destination for the rich and famous. The tour is about an hour long, great for giving you a break from the heat, and the rooms toured are quite impressive. Definitely worth the fee.

Visited September 2012
Thank Bob S
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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“Magnificent Building”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

We toured this college, formerly the Ponce deLeon Hotel, on the morning tour. You get a tour by a college student of the exterior as well as two rooms and the entrance hall. The dining room currently serves as the college dining hall but has some of the original furnishings and the wonderful Tiffany glass windows. The tour gave an interesting historical background of Flagler. It was well worth the hour spent there.

Visited October 2012
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Naples, Florida
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“must see”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

do not miss this on your trip; guided tours are at 11 and 2 - be on time for these it is well worth it!

Visited September 2012
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Great Torrington, United Kingdom
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“Not enough bang for your buck”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

The architecture and history of this place are really interesting but the tour was hardly worth it. Half the time was spent in the open courtyard with the tour guide talking to us as if we were high-school students deciding whether to go to college at Flagler, when not one of us could have been under fifty. Then once inside you get to see just three rooms - one is the publicly accessible entrance foyer, the second a fabulous dining room somewhat diminished by being the student dining-room with people still eating their breakfast. The last room, the ladies withdrawing room was very nice but could be viewed in its entirety - including paintings - in under ten minutes. It's a real shame that they couldn't have put aside at least one or two rooms so that you could see what the hotel bedrooms were like at the height of its luxuriousness.
Maybe there are security issues with the student dorms but that could be overcome with a bit of thought and make the experience worth the fee.

Visited September 2012
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Columbus, Georgia
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“Beautiful campus”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

My husband and I walked through here for only about 20 minutes. We should have taken a tour! So I do recommend doing that. The campus is beautiful and definitely worth seeing.

Visited September 2012
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