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Address: 74 King St, P. O. Box 1027, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone Number:
+1 904.823.3378

Flagler College's historic campus is located just four miles from the...

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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Flagler was quite a wealthy man. Have visited this amazing structure many times. Make sure you get there to take the guided tour. You will see things that are still... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2016
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Reviewed 5 April 2016

Flagler was quite a wealthy man. Have visited this amazing structure many times. Make sure you get there to take the guided tour. You will see things that are still unbelievable. The Tiffany windows in the cafeteria are one of a kind. They're insured for over $30M dollars. Thomas Edison installed on of his first generators here. Flagler built an... More 

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Reviewed 4 April 2016

My husband and I took a tour today of Flagler College (built in the late 1800s as the Ponce de Leon Hotel). Our guide, Mary Jo, was excellent at entertaining and educating us about this building's history. It has been restored to its original grandeur. The dining room, where the students eat, has the largest original collection of Tiffany stained... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 4 April 2016

Great and cheap way to learn the history of St Augustine, all while supporting the college. The tour allowed us to hear the original history of the hotel as well as how it was turned into a college.

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Dunkirk, NY
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Reviewed 4 April 2016

Tours on conducted by students of the college. The buildings and the history behind them tell an amazing story about the late 1800's in Florida, and the wealth of the nations richest.

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Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

I can't believe I waited so long to take this tour!! Wow the history and information was incredible! I would take the tour again!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed 4 April 2016

Flagler College is historical and beautiful. If you're in Saint Augustine, you should definitely stop by the college to look around.

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Hanover, Canada
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

Totally amazing. It was build by Flagler as the Ponce de Lion Hotel and the history is very interesting. Our tour guide was a college student (May) who was very knowledgeable and excellent presentor.

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

The tour was so informative and enjoyable as well. The college is so historical and architecture fabulous. There were interesting stories about the college and many places to take those memorable pictures to enjoy forever.

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Bradley, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 April 2016

We did not pay to go into the two areas that are off limits to the public since this is a college. The Flagler, once known as the Ponce de Leon hotel has beautiful architecture and landscaping. Worth your time to roam around.

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Kings Mountain, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 April 2016

I only visited the dining hall with my daughter and granddaughter who were taking a college tour. It was hard to concentrate on the food because of the decor - furniture, ceilings, walls, everything was so beautiful.

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