Saturday, February 20, 2016

PONCE de LEON HOTEL / FLAGLER COLLEGE #2

Went home to St. Augustine this past week to visit Mom, friends and my Alma mater. Henry M. Flagler started construction on the Ponce de Leon Hotel in 1885, completing it in 1888.

                                      THE DINING HALL
Louis Comfort Tiffany provided more than 70 stained glass windows for the hotel.  Many are found in the Dining Hall of the Ponce. 
Can you imagine being a college student and eating all your meals surrounded by such beauty?




The only ORIGINAL Ponce chair left in the Dining Hall.
Students now sit in chairs that were copied from this chair.
 

THE ROTUNDA
Flagler's friend, Thomas Edison, supplied the hotel with a generator which provided electricity for lights and other conveniences when the Hotel opened in 1888. The first lights in St. Augustine. 
This is the entrance into the Hotel and the stairs lead to the Dining Hall.
My photos couldn't show the magnificent Rotunda, this photo is by - Criswellphotography.


In 1968, the Flagler System converted the hotel to a college and established Flagler College, a private four-year liberal arts college located in St. Augustine, Florida. I graduated in the Class of 1980.

3 comments:

Mereknits said...

I showed my son your photos Suzanne, now I really want him to go there so I can explore!
Hugs,
Meredith

Merlesworld said...

Wow what a wonderful place, love the windows
Merle............

akash jameel said...

All pictures are beautiful and all perfectly photographed
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