The Story Of Flagler College’s First 50 Years Told Through The People, Places And Things That Shaped It

Each of the 50 people, places and things that we selected represent a major milestone in the development of Flagler College. Our selections include the expected and the unexpected, ordinary, everyday objects and the extraordinary people that helped us turn nouns into verbs and change lives. Together, they tell our story. But it is not the complete story. Like all milestones, they indicate how far we have come. They do not measure the thousands of stepping stones, those everyday moments, the hard work and dedication, that got us to those key celebrated moments in our rich history.

Dome Sweet Dome

In 2013, the final piece of the Ponce, the fourth-floor Solarium, reopened after a $2.5 million restoration was completed to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the hotel. To launch the restoration effort, Flagler Board of Trustees member Delores Lastinger and her husband, Allen, committed a $500,000 challenge gift and the College received a $350,000 grant from the State of Florida. The Solarium, the last unrestored room in the historic Ponce De Leon Hall, offers a panoramic view of St. Augustine. It was once a grand sunlit gathering space for hotel guests. In the College’s early days, it served as a library and occasional classroom. The Solarium is now used for college events and special public programs.