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Hotel Ponce de Leon ~ Lavish Splendor by SummerJade

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The Hotel Ponce de Leon at 74 King Street in the Spanish Quarter section of St. Augustine was designed by architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings of the firm Carrère and Hastings in the Spanish Renaissance Revival style. Construction began in 1885 by contractors and former New England shipbuilders James McGuire and Joseph McDonald. The interior designer was Louis Comfort Tiffany, already known for developing lavish stained glass windows and lamps. The building was completed in 1887.

Edited in Corel Paint Shop Pro.
Canon EOS REBEL T1i, Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm.
Location: St. Augustine, Florida (USA).

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The hotel was wired for electricity at the onset, with the power being supplied by D.C. generators supplied by Flagler’s friend, Thomas Edison. The building and grounds of the hotel became the centerpiece of the newly-established Flagler College in 1968.

Click here to see the domed ceiling inside.


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  • SummerJade
    SummerJadeover 1 year ago


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  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 1 year ago

    Looks like a really nice place to stay

  • As best as I can remember from the tour guide, the dormitory section in this building is only for female students. Further around the side is the large circular projection of the students dining hall. This building contains the largest collection of Tiffany glass in the country and the dining hall has huge Tiffany glass windows. Because there is so much information, I’ve provided a link in the description. I’ll just say I was shocked to discover that we had to pay for a “college” tour, that we had to wait for a tour time and return for it and that we were part of a good sized group! However, it’s well worth it to see such opulence up close and to learn a bit of interesting history about railroads and families.

    – SummerJade

  • Laddie Halupa
    Laddie Halupaover 1 year ago

  • I’m honored to have an image featured in this group! Thank you so much!! ♥♥

    – SummerJade

  • trish725
    trish725over 1 year ago

  • Thank you so much for this honor!! I really appreciate it! ☺♥♥

    – SummerJade

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 1 year ago

  • Awesome! Thank you very much for this feature, it means a lot!! ♥♥♫

    – SummerJade

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...about 1 year ago


  • Wow! Lovely!! Thank you very much for this feature! ☺♥♥♥

    – SummerJade

  • Forget-me-not
    Forget-me-notabout 1 year ago

    oh how I loved St Augustine, FL you captured this so well. Brought back wonderful memories of my vacation!

  • Though we love Savannah, we have decided that St. Augustine is the best! Thanks for commenting! ☺♥

    – SummerJade

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