Sunday, February 21, 2016

PONCE de LEON HOTEL / FLAGLER COLLEGE #3


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 SOLARIUM


During the early years of Flagler College, the Solarium served as the school's library, but was closed due to safety concerns. Now, after being closed to the public for the last 40 years, the newly restored Solarium, located on the 4th floor is above the Rotunda. The wooden sliding glass doors are the original doors and open to a lovely view below of the gardens and the East & West wings of the Hotel.  
The color yellow as the color in 1888.
A lovely view of Sword Fountain surrounded
by twelve frogs and four turtles.
The walkway forms a Celtic Cross and the fountain a sundial.
The center is the hilt of a Spanish Sword. 
Off of the Solarium, you can venture out onto the roof terrace which has magnificent views of the roofline of St. Augustine, the twin towers of the Ponce, the Bridge of Lions, the Lighthouse, the Inlet and the Bayfront. 








Thank you Jeffrey Davitt, Development Officer of Flagler College, for being a steward of history and helping to preserve  and share the historic Ponce de Leon Hotel, which is now Flagler College. 

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.

Friday, February 19, 2016

PONCE de LEON HOTEL / FLAGLER COLLEGE #1

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 building is designed in the Spanish Renaissance style and was first to use poured concrete construction for a commercial building.  


This is a 1906 post card of the Ponce de Leon Hotel,
showing the Courtyard of the Ponce.






The front entrance to the Ponce de Leon Hotel, 
now Flagler College. 
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.

Saturday, February 13, 2016