Flagler College, St Augustine, FL

 
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Built by Henry Flagler in 1887 as the Hotel Ponce de Leon, this beautiful complex featured 480 suites all furnished differently - and was one of the first to have electricity.

The former dining room (now the cafeteria) could seat 800 guests with one waiter per table. The gorgeous circular room's multiple windows are original Tiffany stained glass creations - the largest collection in the world.

The college offers tours during the week, reservations are recommended as tour sizes are limited.

As a hotel, only only certain people could stay there, although 5 US presidents were invited - but had to pay their own way. Otherwise, you had to be a) a New Yorker on the 'A' list.

Later, in an effort to bring artists into the area, Flagler created the top floor dormers on an angle to let in more light to the lofts they were invited to stay in.

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Jeffery,Are you stil

Nuri - Sep 20, 2015 05:57 AM EDT
Jeffery,Are you still doing school vitiss? The Villages Elementary of Lady Lake would love to have you visit again. You were such an excellent and entertaining speaker when you came before, and the fourth grade classes would appreciate another visit so much. Please let me know if a visit might be possible in January or February of 2010. Thank you very much,Rita WardVIllages Elementary of Lady Lake
Guest - Mar 31, 2007 11:59 AM EDT
Thank you, Beverly and Don. We didn't have enough time to take the tour - but I'm itching to go back and see the Tiffany windows. I have two photos from the outside of the dining room, and that's magnificent in itself. Eventually I'll get it posted - I'm only online for a short while at a time. Vicki
Guest - Mar 31, 2007 08:48 AM EDT
Great looking old place. Interesting ifo too. Don
Guest - Mar 31, 2007 12:13 AM EDT
Interesting history nice imagr

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