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Flagler College, Saint Augustine: 15 reviews and 43 photos
Henry Morrison Flagler's wife, Mary, had always struggled with health problems, became very ill. She and Flagler visited Jacksonville, Florida for the winter. Unfortunately, Mary did not recover. She died on May 18, 1881 at age 47. Two years after Mary's death, Flagler married Ida Alice Shourds. Soon after their wedding, the couple traveled to St. Augustine, Florida, which they found charming but lacking in adequate hotel facilities and transportation systems.
Flagler believed that Florida had the potential to attract large numbers of tourists. So in 1885 he began construction of the 540-room Hotel Ponce de Leon. The hotel was a masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture and the first major poured-in-place concrete building in the United States. 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. This building is now known as Ponce de Leon Hall. The Hotel Ponce de Leon opened January 10, 1888 and was an instant success.
The hotel building is now a National Historic Landmark which serves as the centerpiece for the Flagler College.
The hotel was gifted to Flagler College when the institution was founded in 1968. The Office of Admissions welcomes guests to visit campus Monday through Friday. When you schedule your visit you will have the option to attend an Admissions Information Session followed by a campus tour or simply tour campus with one of our Student Ambassadors
Address: 63 Cordova Street.
Directions: Opposite Lightner Museum
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