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.