Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL
This college’s majestic Ponce de León Hall is the architectural meaning of St. Augustine. It originally opened as a luxury hotel in 1888, but Flagler College acquired the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, a stunning Spanish Renaissance masterpiece, in 1968.
The design is packed with lavish Tiffany crystal chandeliers and stained-glass windows, making it spectacular both inside and out. New York-based architects Carrère and Hastings were responsible for the design of the building, which was the first in the US to be made of “poured-in-place concrete.”
Flagler College acquired the property shortly after the academic institution’s establishment in 1968, and much of this historic 19-acre campus has been gradually restored to the intervening period. As a result, Flagler is a genuinely elegant looking place at which to study.