Flagler College hosts tours of renovated solarium

Tours are available of the Flagler College solarium.

Tours are available of the Flagler College solarium.

From Flagler College

After last year’s $2.3 million restoration of the Flagler College Solarium, visitors can once again take in the magnificent views only seen at the top of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon.

Closed to the public for nearly 40 years, the newly restored fourth-floor parlor located over the Rotunda boasts a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows on all four sides allow sunlight to pour into the vaulted space flanked by roof terraces and twin towers that rise above the St. Augustine skyline.

The centerpiece of Flagler College, the former Hotel Ponce de Leon was built in 1888 by Henry Flagler and is now recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

Solarium tours begin on June 7 and will depart every Saturday and Sunday in June and July at11 a.m. and 1 p.m from the main lobby (Rotunda) of the college located at 74 King Street. Reservations are required for Solarium tours due to limited dates and capacity.

Tickets are $6 per person and may be purchased online at legacy.flagler.edu or at Flagler’s Legacy, 59 St. George Street, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket does not include admission to the hourly Historical Tours of Flagler College.

For more information, contact Flagler’s Legacy at 904-823-3378.

A view of the Flagler College courtyard facing King Street from the solarium. Photo by KRISTIN PIDCOCK

A view of the Flagler College courtyard facing King Street from the solarium. Photo by KRISTIN PIDCOCK

 

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