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.

Gilt Trip

The Flagler College dining hall offers Flagler students more than food. The specialty of the house is history. In every direction, the eye is treated as richly as the palate. It has been described by architectural historians as one of the greatest rooms in the United States. In 1987, a four-year project was begun to preserve and restore the 9,000-square-foot oval-shaped dining hall, which includes renowned artists George W. Maynard’s murals, Lewis Comfort Tiffany’s stained-glass windows, historic panels, molding and friezes. The preservation was so detailed that it took a gilt trip by eight conservators from England and Scotland just to restore the gilt leafing and lettering on the ceiling and walls. The conservators used 950 books of 22 karat gold leaf to complete their work.