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.

True Believer

It was 1960. The former glory of the gilded age gem, the Hotel Ponce de Leon, was barely recognizable. Lawrence Lewis Jr., great-grandnephew of its builder Henry Morrison Flagler, was determined to save it. He believed that this dying building could be brought back to life as a college. He became a major benefactor during the College’s formative years and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Flagler College from 1968 to 1988. The Lewis Auditorium, Lewis House, a three story Men’s Residence Hall, and the Lawrence Lewis Memorial bear his name.