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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 June 16, 2014

My girlfriend and I were on our last day on our vacation in St. Augustine and weren't sure what to do. We figured the tour through the college would not be very interesting, but we decided to do it anyway. I am glad that we did. The tour was phenomenal. Flagler college is a beautiful work of art that you must see while visiting the city. There is so much history and such amazing stroies at the college. It is well worth the time and money.

Thank Evan B
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Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

My mother and I went on the tour and the building alone is impressive but the guide was extremely knowledgeable on the facts of the building and also Mr. Fagler! It is also helpful that the guide was a Flagler college student herself!!!

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

Absolutely worth the time to visit. Beautiful buildings and grounds. the place is wide open to visitors and off limit areas are well marked.

Thank WADEKIND
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

What a beautiful and historic place. The history, the architecture, and the location make this a must see. Take the tour and listen to the guides about Mr.Flagler, you ll be glad you id.

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Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

We have been in St. Augustine before, but never got the chance to tour Flagler College. I'm so glad we paid for the tour. Not only is it guided by a Flagler student who is well versed In the history of the hotel, but also we get access to the dining hall and ladies parlor. Bring your camera, you've never seen a dining hall like this!

Thank kristinnc76
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