Flagler College, in St. Augustine, Florida, is an independent private liberal arts college. The main collection of buildings, one of which is shown here, started life as the Ponce de Leon Hotel, built in 1888 during the Gilded Age. It was a hotel for the very rich; to stay there you needed to a) be listed in the Social Register, and b) pay in advance for four months at $100/night, which was quite a sum in those days.
The hotel was one of the first to have running water --- the tower you see here, and its twin across the way, contained cisterns that provided gravity-fed hot and cold running water to the rooms.
The builder of this hotel, Henry Flagler, was John D. Rockefeller's partner in Standard Oil; needless to say, he made a fortune, and started by building this hotel, and a railway from Jacksonville to St. Augustine to get there (at the time, the saying was that there were two ways to get from Jacksonville to St. Augustine, and whichever you chose, you would wish you had chosen the other). He went on to build a railway, the first, all the way to the Keys, and a string of luxury hotels along the route.
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lousat (82572) 2014-04-17 16:41
Hi Roger,it seems to be in Spain or Italy..ehehe..truly beautiful the architechture of this college and very very nice your capture too,with this natural frame made by the arch and the excellent quality of exposure,detail and colors,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Periko (3839) 2014-04-17 20:52
Well framed tower, beautiful architecture and interesting informative note.
holmertz (45239) 2014-04-18 3:18
This is a fine composition of this grandiose building with an interesting background. Weren't people supposed to stay for less than four months in the late 19th century? That sounds very strange. No Americans today have that kind of vacations, do they?
snunney (89960) 2014-04-18 4:01
A place with an interesting history, without your note you could feel that you were in Europe looking into a monastery garden. The brick arch makes an excellent frame for the lovely scene beyond. Light management is superb, I like very much how you have been able to retain the detail in the foreground brickwork. Very good colours and clarity.
Waylim (25368) 2014-04-18 8:47
I wouldn't have thought this is in Florida. Looks more like in the Northern Eastcoast, New England area. Okay except the palm trees :) Beautiful shot with a very nice POV using the arch of the opening ot frame the tower and court yard. Beautiful colors and good quality shot.
Noel_Byrne (27418) 2014-04-18 9:46
This place still looks very opulent today, and I love that you framed the tower inside the arch. To be honest, I would never guess this was the USA, and would have expected this to be perhaps Morocco. Fascinating note too, that was such a sum of money to charge to stay in a hotel! Great to see that the place has turned from serving the uber rich to serving those who crave knowledge, an excellent to reuse this fine building.
Thanks for a great image and excellent note.
SnapRJW (31627) 2014-04-18 10:24
Hello Roger - What an interesting note and a fine composition too.The arch makes a good frame and you have centred the tower well within its bounds.
I wish you and the family a peaceful Easter
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-18 10:47
una bella inquadratura per questa architettura piacevole che ricorda le costruzioni di Spagna e Marocco.
Hai saputo dosare molto bene la luce e il risultato è perfette.
Con l'occasione auguri di buona Pasqua.
cornejo (35833) 2014-04-18 11:01
Hi Roger, very good photograph of this interesting view through the arch of the beautiful garden with the beautiful building in the background, very well composed and captured this beautiful image with great perspective. With good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
jcpix (13814) 2014-04-18 21:44
Looks more like something straight out of Spain...could have easily fooled me. Good thing the location is detailed in the header, or I'd have been none the wiser. :) I always enjoy the frame-within-a-frame concept, and this is a real beauty. Everything is well balanced, exposed succinctly and presented to be most appealing. Plus, you have a nice, natural mix of colors and a few people added in for scale and good measure. Enjoy the weekend. Take good care.
tyro (22162) 2014-04-19 4:03
What a glorious building to have as a university! And reading your story about Henry Flagler and his exploits reminds me of just how forward looking and productive people were here in Britain too in the 19th Century - sometimes I think it puts us to shame.
A very well composed photograph, the tall and elegant tower perfectly framed through the brick archway and nicely balanced by the tall palm tree. The light is glorious, the colours beautifully vibrant and the details and sharpness exquisite. The inclusion of some people in the mid-ground is welcome, giving a fine sense of scale and some human interest too.
fotka (3945) 2014-04-21 6:53
I like this composition with the arch in the foreground and fantastic style architecture building. Good quality shot with perfect colors, light, sharpness and interesting note.
abmdsudi (46914) 2014-04-24 4:13
I love the perspective and viewpoint as the foreground arch guides viewer to peek thru' deeper inside to the imposing building with its bold colour ensuring focus is held there firmly. The visitors are essential ingredient enhancing the depth adding so much interest and scale into the whole scene as strong anchor. Indeed a grand capture seamlessly done, and thks to your narratives. Congrats.
PiotrF (11264) 2014-05-20 13:52
Interesting and unique place, very well captured this beautiful image,lovely composition.Perspective and depth are excellent taken.
Thank you for this beautiful post.
serp2000 (42082) 2014-05-23 6:00
Good idea for frame. Frankly speaking I have try to use some arches and holes for frames too. Very eye-catching photo, very nice colors, fine details of so beautiful architecture.
I see you wrote about Standard Oil. It's just a legend of the business history.
- Copyright: Roger Lipsett (rogerl) (1544)
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- Date Submitted: 2014-04-17 14:56