Tuesday, November 12
St. Augustine is a very special place, with many beautiful historic and architectural buildings. But the biggest and best is the Hotel Ponce de Leon and we’ve arranged to go behind the scenes to learn all about it! A walking tour in November, when the weather is finally Fallish, should be perfect, right? And after seeing the Downton Abbey movie I’m excited to walk back into that time period myself.
“Historic Tours of Flagler College showcase the architectural heritage and fascinating history of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a nationally designated historic landmark building, built by Henry Flagler in 1887. Millionaire industrialist and developer Henry M. Flagler envisioned creating an American Riviera in St. Augustine. His Hotel Ponce de Leon, now Flagler College, beautifully recaptures the architectural spirit of old Europe.
Presidents, dignitaries, royalty, and the upper class walked the halls of this magnificent hotel during its heyday. Designed for entertainment, relaxation and grandeur, Flagler's hotel incorporated all of the modern conveniences of the time, including electricity, running water, and a Thomas Edison clock, one of the first ever to be used in a public space. The Ponce de Leon is also home to the largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows, with over 79 windows decorate the Dining Hall, which is included on the tour.
On the tour, visitors will be taken through several rooms in the old hotel, including the Rotunda, Flagler Room, and Dining Hall. Guests will see the beautiful murals painted by George W. Maynard, who also worked on the Jefferson Building and Library of Congress Building in Washington D.C. The impressive Flagler Room features Tiffany Austrian Crystal Chandeliers, and a large onyx Thomas Edison Clock.
Historic Tours of Flagler College offer visitors a chance to step back in time to the Gilded Age and experience a true turn-of-the-century grand hotel. Tours last about one hour and depart daily from the main lobby (Rotunda) of Flagler College located at 74 King St.”
Lunch will be at the historic Columbia Restaurant and we have asked them to give us a fixed menu with 3 choices of entrée for $25 to make it easier to order and be served.
Please make your reservation with Brenda Edwards 629-0133. The cost is $35 in a check made payable to the Deercreek Home and Garden Club so that we can give each of them one check. $10 for the tour and $25 for lunch. We are carpooling from Deercreek, meeting at the pool at 8:30 am, as we need to be there by 9:30 for the tour. The Columbia Restaurant is letting us park in their lot for free and it is just across the street from Flagler.
Our field trips are always fun and a great way to meet neighbors and see wonderful things. This isn’t limited to members, so you can bring friends along. We hope to see you there!
Note: photo is from the tour’s website ‘© 2019 Flagler’s Legacy’'
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