Today we visit the over-the-top grandeur of the Ponce de Leon Hotel. Completed in 1887, the hotel catered to the tune-of-the-century elites and helped to turn Florida into the vacation destination that it is today.
Built by the less well-known founder of Standard Oil, Henry Flagler, the hotel launched the careers of it’s architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings.
The hotel survived the Great Depression and two World Wars, but ultimately ceased operations in 1967. Today it is part of Flagler College.