Flagler's Legacy Tours
Legacy Tours of Flagler College highlight the architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a nationally designated historic landmark building, built by Henry Flagler in 1887. Millionaire industrialist and developer Henry Morrison Flagler envisioned creating an American Riviera in St. Augustine. His Hotel Ponce de Leon, now Flagler College, has beautifully recaptured 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 legacy 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.
Flagler's Legacy Tours 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.
Because Flagler College's first priority is its students, tour times vary throughout the year. Tours depart at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from September through April. Between May and August, tours depart on the hour from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased at Flagler's Legacy Gifts at 59 St. George Street, or at the lobby gift shop inside Flagler College. For more information and to check tour times, please visit here or call Flagler's Legacy at (904) 823-3378.
Pricing for non-St. Johns County residents is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $8 for Active Military (with ID), $1 for kids ages 4 - 12, and children under 4 are free. Children under 12 received a complimentary Flagler College Coloring and Activity book. St. John's County residents that show their ID can take the tour for free.
A special Solarium tour is offered on Saturdays and Sundays in June and July, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Closed to the public for nearly 40 years, the newly restored fourth-floor parlor located over the Rotunda boasts a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows on all four sides allow sunlight to pour into the vaulted space, which is flanked by roof terraces and twin towers that rise above the St. Augustine skyline. Tickets for the Solarium tour are $6 per person, and reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased at the Flagler Legacy Tours website.