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.

Past Perfect

In 2006, Ponce Hall was designated a National Historic Landmark, joining a select group of buildings and historic places around the country having federal landmark status, which include the United States Capitol, the Brooklyn Bridge and Valley Forge. In 1888, Vincent Van Gogh cut off part of his ear, the Washington Monument was completed, and the Ponce opened its doors and became one of the grandest hotels of its day. A landmark in the nation’s oldest city, the Ponce’s Spanish renaissance architecture and lavish decoration attracted the wealthy and the elite from presidents to movie stars. Architects of the Ponce, John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, went on to design the Senate and House buildings in Washington D.C. and the New York Public Library. The Ponce houses the largest assemblage of Tiffany stained glass still in its original location. It is the first large multi-story building in the United States constructed of concrete, and is one of the first hotels to have electric power. Distinguished guests included: Will Rodgers, Gary Cooper, Mark Twain, and U.S. Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Theodore Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland and Warren G. Harding.