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Flagler's St. Augustine hotels : the Ponce de Leon, the Alcazar, and the Casa Monica

Author: Thomas Graham
Publisher: Sarasota, Fla. : Pineapple Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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 magnificant, 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Graham
ISBN: 1561643009 9781561643004
OCLC Number: 53162390
Description: 87 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Henry Morrison Flagler --
The Ponce de Leon hotel --
The Cordova hotel (Casa Monica) --
The Alcazar --
The rises and declines of St. Augustine as premier resort town --
The Alcazar redone: the Lightner museum and the city hall --
The Ponce de Leon reborn: Flagler college --
The Cordova reborn: the new Casa Monica --
Epilogue --
Select Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Thomas Graham.
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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 magnificant, 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. . Cover.

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