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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.
Reviewed December 6, 2012

My husband and I have taken this tour a couple of times and it is very interesting. They only offer two a day so you have to plan ahead but it's well worth the time. The tour guides are college students but they know the history. I would definitely recommend this if you are interested in the history of St. Augustine.

Thank Janet W
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

The one hour guided tour will show you the foyer in the rotunda, the dining room and the Flagler room of what was once a very elegant hotel. The guide will explain the story of Henry Flagler and his connection with St. Augustine.
This building and the courtyard are very beautiful.

Thank Anna V
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

Used to be a hotel, now converted into a college. Beautiful Liberal Arts school, and has much history to it!

Thank Stevo047
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

If you want to learn how St Augustine got its charm? Then you should do this tour. It is only $10. The girl who gave the tour spoke loudly enought for all 40+ people. She was a student of the college. You really felt brought back in time where life was a lot simpler. I cannot believe 1 artist and an assistant did all of the artwork in this building and it only took 18months. The artistry of craftsmanship is amazing. They let you take pictures too.

Thank MrsBeasly22
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We really enjoyed this 45 minute tour and the video presented before the tour. Just seeing the old hotel dining room was worth the price of admission. The young girl conducting our tour at 4pm did a good job and this place is worth seeing.

Thank RaginCajun79
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