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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 March 17, 2014

A must see in St. Augustine. Truly a beautiful building -- Tiffany windows, gorgeous ceilings, woodwork and grounds. This is a small Liberal Arts College that was once a luxury hotel for the rich and famous and is still lovely.

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Reviewed March 17, 2014

The tour guide was full of information and knowledge. Flagler College is great and is beautiful. We saw the Dining Hall, the most beautiful place in the college and many other sites too. The architecture was amazing and is very interesting. A Must See!

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Reviewed March 16, 2014

Took the student-guided tour of Flagler College, which was $10 per person. Not sure now many tours are offered each day, but ours was on a Tuesday and began at 10am and was about 45 min-1 hour long. Get there a bit earlier so you can buy tickets in the gift shop (adjacent to the main rotunda). Carson the tour guide was great; very knowledgeable about the history of the building and his voice carried well so he was easily heard by the large tour group. On the tour, you'll be able to see lots of original Tiffany glass work, and learn the origins of the famous Tiffany blue color. The dining hall is amazing, it's almost like the inside of Hogwarts or Cinderella's castle! Interesting stuff, whether or not you're a history buff.

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Reviewed March 15, 2014

This former hotel turned college is very grand. One of the key sights to see in St. Augustine, in my opinion. You can pay for a tour, or you can walk the grounds and see inside the courtyards lobby for free. Next visit we will pay for the tour, as it would be interesting to see more. But we enjoyed walking around the campus. Plenty of photo ops, especially if you are a fan of the grand building design. P.S. Inside the main lobby, you can read some information about how the place was constructed.

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Reviewed March 14, 2014

This college was originally a luxury hotel, financed by Henry Flagler, an industrialist and one of the founders of Standard Oil. The Tiffany windows, painted ceilings and ornate woodwork have been lovingly preserved. We received a tour by one of the students of the college, which was a big plus. I would definitely put Flagler College on your list of things to see in St. Augustine.

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