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“Still Stunning after all these Years!”
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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 November 26, 2013

The short tour of Flagler's grand old hotel is not to be missed. The student tours guides are wonderful. I'm always amazed that this huge project rose out of this tiny Florida town and became the first building in FL wired for electricity---by Edison himself! The building also houses the largest collection of Tiffany windows. When the hotel open in 1888 one could only stay there for the entire "season" of several months---and yet over 30,000 actually stayed there that first season, making it the largest "city" in FL for a time---just amazing... The history is just dripping out of this building---you must see it to believe it!

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Fantastic tour which yields insightful information about St. Augustine through the history of Flagler College. The Tiffany glass windows in the dining area are amazing.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

This student-lead tour of Flagler College (formerly Ponce de Leon hotel built by Henry Flagler) is a well spent hour in St Augustine. Our guide Carson, lectured in a manner well beyond his years - he is engaging, knowledgable and friendly. He points out artistic idiosyncrasies, from the Tiffany blue ceiling to the leather flooring, but more importantly, he makes this extraordinary era come to life. Offered only twice a day -10 & 2 - it's worth a top spot on your schedule.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

I would like to say that i attended this college more years ago than I like to admit, one of the first years it went co-ed. I took my teen daughter there in the hopes of showing her upstairs from the rotunda to look down, Kenan dining hall and the library. While the fee was alright, I guess, I asked what we were to actually be able to see, and was disappointed. None of what I wanted! when we were visiting,for some reason, the dining hall was closed to the tour.
This building is glorious and I wanted to share my memories and the architecture with my girl. The young lady told me that if I was coming as a parent with the intent on touring the school as a college option, I could see much more.
So, if you want to tour the grounds, which are nice, and see just a teasing smidgen of what the old grand lady has to offer, it will take less than an hour. I do remember the dorms had their own ornate fireplaces with tall ceilings and frescoes.Some of the dorms had balconies and there is a fantastic octagon wood staircase within her walls. We used to sneak up to the towers and overlook the city lights at night.

Thank Stauggie9
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

We actually live here now and visit most of the attractions a few times a year when we have visitors. This building started as a hotel for the rich and famous built by Henry Flagler. Don't miss the Tiffany windows in the dining room.

Thank Eileen C
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