Flagler Collegeâ€™s historic Dining Hall, Kenan Hall, Molly Wiley Art Building and Anderson Cottage will be receiving a facelift over the next two years, thanks to two state of Florida historic preservation grants totaling $1.5 million. The grants were awarded during this springâ€™s legislative session, will begin this summer and are scheduled to be completed by the collegeâ€™s 50th anniversary in 2018.
â€œWeâ€™re pleased that the state has continued to partner with Flagler College to recognize the importance of the historic campus buildings,â€ said Flagler President Dr. William T. Abare Jr. â€œThese projects help showcase the collegeâ€™s commitment to historic preservation.â€
An award of $1 million will enable continuation of the restoration of the former Hotel Ponce de Leonâ€™s Dining Hall, Kenan Hall and the Molly Wiley Art Building. A second grant award of $500,000 will fund the rehabilitation of Anderson Cottage, the historic residence located on Sevilla Street between the Ringhaver Student Center and the Proctor Library. This property was donated to Flagler College by Dr. Robert Ellert and his wife Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert. The college will match both grants dollar-for-dollar.
Flagler Collegeâ€™s campus features 20 historic buildings and to-date has received 20 historic preservation awards including a National Trust for Historic Preservation honor award for the collegeâ€™s founder Lawrence Lewis, Jr. and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservationâ€™s highest award, the Evelyn Fortune Bartlett Award, bestowed on President Abare in 2014.
The preservation project has been financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, administered through the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources and Florida Department of State and assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.