A Photo Tour of Flagler College

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Flagler College Ponce de Leon Hall

Flagler College - Ponce de Leon Hall
Flagler College - Ponce de Leon Hall. Photo by Allen Grove

Flagler College certainly has one of the more stunning campuses in the country. The college's main building, Ponce de Leon Hall, was originally a hotel built in 1888 by Henry Morrison Flagler. The building features the handiwork of famous nineteenth-century artists and engineers including Tiffany, Maynard and Edison. The building is a masterful example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, and it is a National Historic Landmark. When I visited Flagler in May, far more tourists than students could be seen milling through the courtyard of Ponce de Leon Hall.

This photo was shot from just inside the college's main gate and shows Flagler's main entrance and the northeast tower of Ponce de Leon Hall.

Flagler College's enviable location and strong academics earned it a spot in my list of top Florida colleges and universities. To learn about Flagler's costs, aid, and admissions standards, view the Flagler College profile. You can also check out this GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Flagler.

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Flagler College - Wiley Hall

Flagler University - Wiley Hall
Flagler University - Wiley Hall. Photo by Allen Grove

If you're a student at Flagler College, Wiley Hall serves an important roll. The building is home to the Registrar, so all course enrollments, graduation requirements, transfer credits, and other registration and course credit issues are handled here.

The building is also home to the Business Department.

Wiley Hall had been home to the Flagler Office of Admissions before the construction of admissions' new home, Hanke Hall, which opened in 2012.

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Flagler College Morning Star Fence

Flagler College Morning Star Fence
Flagler College Morning Star Fence. Photo by Allen Grove
As you leave Wiley Hall and head down Cordova Street, you may be stuck by the heavy fence surrounding Ponce de Leon Hall. For me, the morning star design immediately evoked nerdy childhood memories of playing Dungeons & Dragons...
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Flagler College - Kenan Hall

Flagler College - Kenan Hall
Flagler College - Kenan Hall. Photo by Allen Grove
Kenan Hall is home to some of Flagler College's classrooms and faculty offices. The building sits on the north side of Ponce de Leon Hall, and it borders the West Lawn where professors occasionally hold classes outside.

Flagler's classes tend to be small. The college has a 20 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of about 22.

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Flagler College Garden and Dining Hall

Flagler College Garden and Dining Hall
Flagler College Garden and Dining Hall. Photo by Allen Grove
Taken from Cordova Street, this photo looks across one of Flagler College's many gardens toward the semi-circular hall that is home to the college's main dining hall. Students at Flagler dine in style -- the dining hall features million dollar Tiffany windows and stunning woodwork.
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Flagler College Main Entrance

Flagler College Entrance
Flagler College Entrance. Photo by Allen Grove
The gate and main entrance to Flagler College is located on King Street in St. Augustine, directly across the street from the City Hall and Lightner Museum (a majestic building also built by Henry Flagler).

A sculpture of Henry Flagler stands by the gates, and nearby a historical placard reads: "Ponce de Leon Hotel: The magnificent structure was erected between 1885 and 1887 by Henry M. Flagler, the hotel and railroad magnate whose activities contributed greatly to the development of Florida's eastern coastal area. Designed by the New York architectural firm of Carrere and Hastings, the building reflects the Spanish Renaissance style throughout. The hotel was the first major edifice in the United States to be constructed of poured concrete, a mixture of cement, sand, and coquina shell. The interior is decorated with imported marble, carved oak, and murals painted by Tojetti and George W. Maynard. Its stained glass windows were created by Louis Tiffany of New York. The Ponce de Leon Hotel was the flagship of the Flagler hotel system which soon extended all along the east coast of Florida. Located in the "Winter Newport," this resort hotel entertained celebrities from around the world, including several U.S. Presidents. During World War II, the hotel served as a Coast Guard Training Center. In 1968, this historic landmark was converted into Flagler College, an accredited liberal arts institution. Independent and coeducational, the college serves students from across the nation."

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Flagler College Rotunda

Flagler College Rotunda
Flagler College Rotunda. Photo by Allen Grove
The main entrance to Ponce de Leon Hall is breathtaking. Overhead is the ornately painted domed ceiling of the rotunda, and on all sides the elaborate woodwork has been restored to its original glory. It's easy to picture the wealthy and influential guests of the late nineteenth century entering this hall.

When open to the public, the rotunda will often have far more tourists than students milling about.

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Flagler College West Lawn

Flagler College West Lawn
Flagler College West Lawn. Photo by Allen Grove
The West Lawn of Flagler College has attractive green spaces, gardens, a swimming pool and gazebo. Professors sometimes hold classes on the lawn.
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Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler College

Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler College
Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler College. Photo by Allen Grove
As Flagler College grows in reputation, the campus has been expanding as well. One of the most recent additions is the 44,000 square-foot Ringhaver Student Center located on the corner of King and Sevilla Streets. Dedicated in 2007, this $11.6 million building is home to a bistro, the bookstore, a theatre, offices for student services and activities, and classrooms. This 21st-century building provides an important complement to the 19th-century Ponce de Leon Hall.
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Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College

Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College. Photo by Allen Grove
The 2007 opening of the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College coincided with a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion of the Molly Wiley Art Building. The two buildings together give Flagler College the facilities to expand and develop their art programs significantly in the 21st century.

The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum gives the college 1,400 square feet of gallery and reception space. The museum space and adjoining residential property were a gift from Robert Ellert and JoAnn Crisp-Ellert, an artist whose paintings will be displayed in the building.

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Proctor Library at Flagler College

Proctor Library at Flagler College - The Main Library at Flagler College
Proctor Library at Flagler College - The Main Library at Flagler College. Photo by Allen Grove

The Proctor Library at Flagler College is the main library for the campus. According to the Flagler College Proctor Library website, the library gives students access to "1,947 printed volumes, 139,803 electronic books, 4,326 audiovisual items, 1,857 microforms, 130 periodicals, and 6 newspapers, plus subscriptions to 65 electronic databases providing access to over 21,000 full-text periodicals."

Along with the print and electronic holdings, Proctor Library is home to 200 computer work stations, numerous areas for individual and group study, classrooms and office space.

The building sits on the northwest corner of campus at the corner of Valencia and Sevilla Streets. The building's architecture matches the Gilded Age style of the college's impressive Ponce de Leon Hall.

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Flagler College Tennis Center

Flagler College Tennis Center
Flagler College Tennis Center. Photo by Allen Grove
Tennis is one of the many sports in which Flagler College students compete as part of the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference. The Flagler College Tennis Center has six courts and is located on Valencia Street a block from the main campus.

The college also has a large gymnasium on Granada Street that houses the fitness center and the Athletic Department.

Men at Flagler College compete in intercollegiate baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis. Women compete in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

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The Florida East Coast Railway Buildings at Flagler College

Florida East Coast Railway Buildings at Flagler College - Residence Halls at Flagler College
Florida East Coast Railway Buildings at Flagler College - Residence Halls at Flagler College. Photo by Allen Grove
Henry Flagler's railroad legacy is still highly visible on the Flagler College campus. These three buildings located three blocks west of Ponce de Leon Hall were used by the Florida East Coast Railway into the 21st century. Today the three buildings are home to a men's residence hall, a women's residence hall and the college's Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations.

The historical marker in front of the buildings reads: "Florida East Coast Railway - General Office Buildings. Henry M. Flagler built the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) to link his resort empire and establish the east coast of Florida as 'The American Riviera.' Flagler, partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil, developed the Atlantic shoreline with a chain of luxury hotels from Jacksonville to Key West. Perhaps Flagler's greatest achievement was the construction of the Key West Extension finished shortly before his death in 1913. By 1916, the FEC Railway included 23 railroads, terminals, and bridge companies along 739 miles of track. Steamships linked the railroad at Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, and at Key West to Havana, Cuba. The Florida East Coast Hotel Company owned 14 resorts joined by the rail lines. In St. Augustine, Flagler's 1888 railway station west of downtown was replaced by three office towers built starting from south to north in 1922, 1923 and 1926. They served as the Railway's headquarters until 2006, when the FEC provided a $7.2 million gift-in-equity, making possible the transfer of the property to Flagler College. The College is committed to preservation of the buildings and adapting them for College uses."

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Molly Wiley Art Building at Flagler College

Molly Wiley Art Building at Flagler College
Molly Wiley Art Building at Flagler College. Photo by Allen Grove
Built in the 1880s, the Molly Wiley Art Building recently underwent a $5.7 million renovation and expansion. The building houses studio, gallery and office space that support the fine arts at Flagler College. The newly renovated building was dedicated in 2007, the same year that the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum and Ringhaver Student Center opened their doors to the campus community.
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Flagler College Auditorium - Home of Theatre at Flagler College

Flagler College Auditorium - Home of Theatre at Flagler College
Flagler College Auditorium - Home of Theatre at Flagler College. Photo by Allen Grove

Flagler College's Theatre Arts Department states their goal is to educate students "in all areas of theatre, including performance, technology, design, literature, history, management and directing" (visit the webiste here). In support of that mission, the college has an 800-seat auditorium. The building has two stages, and the Theatre Arts Department puts on several productions a year.

The Flagler College Auditorium is also frequently used as a venue for visiting speakers and performers.