Flagler's St. Augustine Hotels

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Near the end of the nineteenth century Standard Oil millionaire Henry Morrison Flagler ventured to St. Augustine, Florida, America's Oldest City, and transformed it into an exotic travel destination for the social elite. He raised magnificent, fanciful Spanish Renaissance hotel palaces on what had been orange grove and salt marsh. Then he connected his creation with the outside world by building a modern railroad system. Flagler's hotels stand as monuments to innovation in architecture and engineering. They were ...

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Overview

Near the end of the nineteenth century Standard Oil millionaire Henry Morrison Flagler ventured to St. Augustine, Florida, America's Oldest City, and transformed it into an exotic travel destination for the social elite. He raised magnificent, fanciful Spanish Renaissance hotel palaces on what had been orange grove and salt marsh. Then he connected his creation with the outside world by building a modern railroad system. Flagler's hotels stand as monuments to innovation in architecture and engineering. They were the first large buildings in the United States constructed of poured concrete, and they pioneered use of novel amenities like electric lights, steam heat, and elevators. They are still a vital part of modern St. Augustine. The Ponce de Leon, Flagler's preeminent hotel, now houses Flagler College; the Alcazar now holds the City Hall and the Lightner Museum. Only the Casa Monica (previously called the Cordova) is presently a hotel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561643004
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 87
  • Sales rank: 791,997
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Henry Morrison Flagler 9
The Ponce de Leon Hotel 15
The Cordova Hotel (Casa Monica) 40
The Alcazar 42
The Rises and Declines of St. Augustine as Premier Resort Town 56
The Alcazar Redone: The Lightner Museum and the City Hall 76
The Ponce de Leon Reborn: Flagler College 80
The Cordova Reborn: The New Casa Monica 82
Epilogue 84
Select Bibliography 85
Index 87
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