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Flagler College

74 King St, P. O. Box 1027, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4342
+1 904-823-3378
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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.
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74 King St, P. O. Box 1027, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4342
+1 904-823-3378
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

You cannot visit St. Augustine without visiting this site. Henry Flagler's daughter died while pregnant. The collage is Beautiful, dedicated to her. When you enter the Great Room You begin the journey. Don't want to ruin it for you. Just do it.

Thank rmatthesea
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Very pretty building with lots of grounds to roam. A lot of great photos to be taken here. It is hard to miss the location as the building stands out. I recommend walking the grounds rather than just driving through.

Thank Darlata
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Just wandered down the street and happened upon the campus. The heart of it is a former luxury hotel with incredible landscaping, moulding, rotundas, carved columns, fireplaces, even the dragon rain spouts were amazing. We did not take the $10 tour due to time constraints,...More

Thank stlcathy
Reviewed 18 May 2016

I visited St Augustine and Flagler College in May, 2016 - Alumni Weekend. Walking in and around this famous is such a treat - the architecture of the college is stunning! They have tours of the school and campus. Very proud!

Thank vivit5
Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

This place is amazing. You must go! Believe me it's not like visiting a college. It started out in the late 1800's as an hotel for the very, very rich. Such opulence as you have never seen. The garden entranceway is spectacular as is the...More

Thank Patti2
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Flagler College is just an amazing place to visit; the main building is the historic Flagler Hotel, converted many years ago into a women's college and now a co-ed school that ranks in "the top 100 small colleges" in the U.S. The beauty of the...More

Thank Virginia L
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Visited the first time and fell in love immediately with the college. Put it on the list to visit once there inSt Augustine!

Thank Vincent L
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Fantastic architecture and furnishings, particularly the beautiful windows in the now students refectory. Well worth the visit both for the story and the elegance.

Thank Stewart-Hazel
Reviewed 17 May 2016

The architecture is absolutely awesome, the campus is pristine, and we particularly enjoyed walking about and enjoy all of the splendor here.

Thank James G
Reviewed 17 May 2016

We signed up for the student led tour. We enjoyed hearing the facts about the building and the schools use of the structure. The tour included the courtyard, rotunda, dining hall and resting room. It would have been nice to see more of the structure...More

Thank DiAlJo
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How long does the tour typically last? Steps? Inside or outside or both?
3 June 2017|
Response from Carmen L C | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late reply, our tour with teenagers lasted around 45 mins. There were some stairs to enter the main Lobby, not sure if w/c ramp was an option. I did see an elevator, but, it was not part of the tour. Hope my... More
What about parking if you are Handicapped?
11 April 2017|
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Response from Danielle R | Reviewed this property |
Handicap parking is free in the parking garage at the visitor center and in city owned lots, garage parking requires ID, my husband did not have his but they accepted mine
Where can we park our car in the area for a day?
24 March 2017|
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Response from Flaglers_Legacy | Property representative |
Because we are located in the heart of downtown St. Augustine, we suggest the Historic Downtown Parking Facility adjacent to the Visitor Information Center at 10 South Castillo Drive. For more information about parking in... More