Photographer's Note

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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