Flagler College, formerly the Hotel Ponce de Leon

The Flagler Room, formerly the Women's Grand Parlor

Looking up at the Rotunda ceiling in the grand lobby

A view of the courtyard from the solarium rooftop

A view of the rotunda from the second floor

A view of Flagler College from the Lightner Museum courtyard

Tour St. Augustine’s Gilded Age Marvel: Flagler College

The oldest city in the Nation, St. Augustine may be known for its Spanish history dating back to the 16th century. But did you know St. Augustine is steeped in the history and luxury of the Gilded Age?
In 1888, co-founder of Standard Oil and railroad magnate Henry Flagler opened his luxurious Hotel Ponce de Leon in St. Augustine. The hotel was the winter playground of the rich and famous as one of America’s most exclusive resorts. Designed in the Spanish Renaissance style by New York architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, the hotel was wired for electricity at the onset, with the power being supplied by D.C. generators provided by Flagler's friend Thomas Edison. The resort’s dining hall was lined with 79 Louis Comfort Tiffany Stained Glass windows.
Today this Gilded Age marvel is home to Flagler College. The college offers daily tours of the opulent hotel, immersing you in the lavish lifestyle of 18th Century’s rich and famous.