Flagler College is located in the heart of historic St. Augustine, Florida. Flagler College is named for Gilded Age industrialist Henry Flagler. The historic Hotel Ponce de Leon serves a residence hall and focal point of the campus. Built by Henry Flagler in 1888 the Hotel Ponce de Leon was an exclusive by invitation only resort. The hotel remained in operation until 1967 when it was sold to the college. Flagler Collge opened 1968.
The fountain in the courtyard serves as a giant sun dial. Using the turtles and frogs at the bottom of the fountain it is possible to tell time. Also, the sidewalks form a Celtic cross with the fountain as the circle in the center. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a good shot of it.
Designed by Thomas Hastings and John M. Carrere this grand hotel featured pour concrete construction. Hastings and Carrere’s Spanish Renaissance style would be influential throughout Florida for the next half centruy.
The dinning hall features Tiffany glass windows. I know Tiffany glass windows in building just 4 miles from the coast seems risky to me but the glass is protected by plexiglass. Nothing like the dinning hall from my alma mater.
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