Monday, January 2, 2017

Tuesday Treasures

  Tom hosts Tuesday's Treasures.

December 2016 - St. Augustine FL


Flagler College is a private four-year liberal arts college. It was founded in 1968 and offers 29 majors and 34 minors.


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Founded in 1968, the school is located on 19 acres (77,000 m2), the centerpiece of which is the Ponce de León Hotel.

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The Ponce de Leon Hotel was an exclusive hotel built by millionaire developer and Standard Oil co-founder Henry M. Flagler and completed in 1888. The Hotel Ponce de Leon was designed in the Spanish Renaissance style by the New York architects John Carrère and Thomas Hastings. The hotel was the first of its kind constructed entirely of poured concrete using the local coquina stone as aggregate.

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The hotel also was wired for electricity at the onset, with the power being supplied by D.C. generators supplied by Flagler's friend, Thomas Edison. When electricity was first put in Henry M. Flagler hired staff to turn power on and off for his residents, because the people staying at the hotel were too afraid to turn the switches on and off.


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Interior elements of the hotel are credited to Louis Comfort Tiffany, with Pottier and Stymus responsible for the furnishings. Murals in the rotunda and dining room were completed by the well-known artist George W. Maynard, who a decade later did murals in the Treasures Gallery at the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Noted Italian artist Virgilio Tojetti prepared the ceiling murals in the Grand Parlor.

 I had to check out the ladies' room, it had a fireplace!


5 comments:

  1. Magnificent architecture. Great history behind it.

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  2. Details, details, details! The terracotta trim on the building is wonderful. Thanks Jackie, for sharing these treasure from your Florida trip. Have a great time and please stop back again.

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  3. I would love to see this place in person...

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  4. What incredible architecture...I've been to St Augustine once and loved it....would like to go back!

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