Saint Augustine Florida is the oldest, continuously occupied city in the United States. The city is brimming with history and culture, and one of the historic buildings you can’t miss while in the city is Flagler College.
The college is a Spanish style structure located at 74 King Street in Saint Augustine, Florida. The college opened in 1968 and has since continued to serve as an exceptional educational institute.
|Ponce de Leon Hotel|
The Ponce opened January 10th, 1888 and, like Smith’s home, was constructed of poured concrete. Thomas Edison was a close friend of Flagler, and he wired the buildings for electricity from the get-go—one of the firsts in the nation. A boiler system in the basement of the hotel generated the energy needed to light-up the hotel. Interestingly, Flagler had to hire extra staff to turn on and off the electricity for the hotel’s patrons. The guests were too afraid to touch the new technology to do it themselves.
Quickly the luxury hotel attracted a variety of wealthy northerners. Rooms sold
The Ponce DeLeon Hotel was a hot spot for politicians, wealthy businessmen and their families and other rich and famous of the world. Among the long list of noted visitors was Mark Twain, Presidents Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt and baseball great, Babe Ruth. Frank Thompson, who was headwaiter in the 1880’s and 1890’s was a forerunner of the civil rights movement and organized a professional black baseball team. That sounds like an amazing story in its self.
An artist’s community was established at the hotel. Flagler built an artist’s studio building at the rear of the resort. Noted artists of the time were known to frequent the community. A few names on the guest list were, Felix de Crano, Martin Johnson Heade, Authur Vidal Diehl and Harry L. Hoffman.
By the 1910’s and 1920’s the hotel saw the number of visitors decline. Due in part to a growing resort area in Miami where the weather was warmer. Though the Ponce was one of only three of Flagler’s hotels to service the Great Depression proving its popularity.
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