Ponce de Leon Hotel
Ponce de Leon Hotel, Flagler College 2, St. Augustine, FL.
The opening of the Hotel Ponce de Leon in January 1888, marks the beginning of the modern era of Florida history. Standard Oil magnate Henry M. Flagler created this magnificent palace as the ultimate winter resort for America's elite of wealth and power.
In 1968 the venerable building became the home of Flagler College. Since that time the College has enjoyed remarkable success, and the former hotel has become an outstanding example of adaptive reuse of a historic structure.
The Hotel Ponce de Leon was the first major commission of John Carrere and Thomas Hastings. These young architects showed great wisdom and sensitivity in designing a building that suited the built environment of America's Oldest City. The Spanish Renaissance style created by Carrere and Hastings complements St. Augustine's old stone walls, overhanging balconies, and arched porticoes. The hotel might also be considered the first of the Mediterranean Revival buildings that have become a signature style in Florida.
It was built in 1885-88 and registered in National Register of Historic Places
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